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Growing Grapes

Managing a Vineyard

Managing a Vineyard is a Year Long Process Growing grapes and managing a vineyard each year to make wine is a long slow process, and one which requires skill and experience. The weather has a huge influence, and more so now with climate change. At various steps during the annual growth cycle of a grapevine, […]

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Growing Grapes

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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Wine Dogs

Why Winemakers Love Their Wine Dogs

Wherever wine is made, you’re likely to find a wine dog wandering through the vineyard, running after a farm bike through the vine rows, snoozing outside the cellar door, and loyally trailing their winemaker about in their daily duties. Visitors to a winery cellar door are often unaware of the vitally important roles these hard […]

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Wine Basics

Artisan Winemakers – Who and What are They?

What does the Term ARTISAN mean? The dictionary definition is ‘A person skilled in an applied art; a craftsperson; A person who makes a high-quality or distinctive product in small quantities, usually by hand or using traditional methods. The authentic meaning and application of artisan has it’s origins in a simpler time when people took […]

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