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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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The Creation of our Wine Sensory Garden

It is 5 years now since the opening of  our Wine Sensory Garden to visitors at our Cellar Door. My first passion is making wine, but gardening is definitely my second passion! Neil and I wanted to provide our visitors with an extra special experience that linked food and wine in a unique way that […]

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