Wine producers in the region are attempting to bounce back after taking a huge financial hit during the coronavirus pandemic. Cookernup-based vineyard Moojelup Farm Wines was one of many cellar doors put through the wringer when coronavirus restrictions started to unfold. Winemaker Simon Holthouse said the limit on alcohol sales and the regional travel restrictions were devastating for producers. “Restrictions are slowly winding back and things are looking positive,” Mr Holthouse said. “Two weeks ago, people could only participate in wine tastings if food was served. “They also needed to be seated for tastings under the Government restrictions.” Mr Holthouse said Easter was a “disaster” as non-essential travel grounded holidaymakers. “Wine sales are seasonal and Easter is usually a busy period,” he said. “People are out and about at that time of year and the weather in the South West region is pleasant. “Wine could really only be sold online, as cellar doors were closed.” However, with regional boundaries now a mere memory, the Cookernup winery has seen an influx of visitors. “We had a surge of people come through on the long weekend,” Mr Holthouse said. “We have to keep a register of who enters our winery and we sanitise regularly.” The winemaker said he was looking forward to welcoming more tourists. “Interstate traffic is important for local wine producers, as is international tourism.” Mr Holthouse said the wineries in the Geographe region had frequent visitors from Singapore and China. Harvey’s Fifth Estate Wines owner Julie Moloney said wine sales had decreased during the pandemic. “We don’t have a cellar door so we would usually rely on attending events and shows to showcase our wines,” Mrs Moloney said. “However, many of our booked events were cancelled. “Cellarbrations in Harvey ranges our wines which was good, but restaurants had to close and could not sell our produce.” Lake Clifton Winery owner John Buncle said he was allowed to remain open, however, the regional boundaries prevented people from the South West Region accessing his cellar. “There was no business over Easter, but it is starting to pick up now,” Mr Buncle said.