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Temporary Closure of our Cellar Door and Wine Sensory Garden Due to COVID-19 Effective from Thursday 19 March

The situation of the COVID-19 pandemic is changing rapidly, and every day there is new information. We don’t know how bad it might become or how long it will be around. What we do know is that it is, and has been, very bad in some places around the world. We have been monitoring the situation […]

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Mid Summer Heralds the Start of Vintage

Christmas and New Year holiday memories quickly fade as the grapes start to ripen. About now, every year, I start sampling our grapes, starting with the whites, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. I arm myself with a bucket and a pair of snips and collect bunches of grapes from vines growing in each vineyard block. […]

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Spring in the Vineyard

Growing grapes each year to make wine is a long slow process, and one in which the weather has a huge influence, and more so now with climate change. At various steps during the annual growth cycle of a grapevine, there are milestones reached at different times during the year and Neil uses these to […]

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Terroir – A Sense of Place

Terroir is a French term, which can literally be translated as “a sense of place.” The word itself is from terre, the French word for “earth”. The French term of terroir takes into account all of the environmental conditions which influence the growth of the vine and therefore, the composition of the grape itself. The […]

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Why Winemakers Love Their Wine Dogs

Aside from winemaking, one of my other great loves is writing, and I enjoyed putting pen to paper to write this blog for Travelling Corkscrew. Searching for photos took me off down memory lane too, and a few of tears were shed as memories popped up of each of my wine dogs … Wherever wine […]

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