"There is a massive amount of new planting. It's difficult to know exactly what's happening but the contractors and the consultants are working flat out - we don't have enough of them to meet the need."
Dismissing the possibility that this will lead to overproduction, she said: "Wine consumption is always there and there is a strong interest in drinking as well as eating local produce.
"Twenty-five years ago we harvested at the end of October. Now it can be the end of September. We need long-term trials of rootstocks, varieties and wine making."