History

The vineyard was planted during spring in 2007…

Nearly 2000 vines of Seyval, Phoenix, Rondo, Rheichenstiener, Huxelreber and Pinot Noir

The first vine was a very formal occasion but it wasn’t long before the real work started …….

Planting the first vineGetting vine rows readyInstruction time foer vinesLots of ho;esLONG TIME

7278 …and completed by 15th April at 6.45 in the evening.Finished Planting

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By year 2  Summer with rabbit guards  fitted we watched as the vines began to flourish and Julian started to manicure the rows…….mowing vineyard

And Amanda takes a break to figure out the dimensions of her  rhubard patch for the restaurant…..

ASR planting

It wasn’t long before we really started to see a difference and it was time to start construction of the trellising system so we could start to train the vines to where we wanted them to grow !!!!!

 

Trellis

Before long……year 3 ……we started to see the rows really beginning to take shape…..

 

Vine rows

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But so were the weeds…….which we didn’t really factor for……neither the frost

Jabajak trees in winter ….the snow looked fantastic though.Winter Jabajaksnow jababajk

vines in snowA few more years passed and by  summer ( 5th? ) the vineyard was really beginning to look fantastic……..

grapebunchand Julian thought he’d noticed something growing amongst the vines……Julian pickingBut so had the jumping chickens…….

Breakfast 016YES……..YIPPEE…….we finally saw our first crop in 2013….Rondo on vinegrapebunch (2)

And we began to pick………didn’t get the sugar level we wanted…….but so what……we had grapes!!!!!!!!!grape picking

Well there’s always next year so we relaxed a bit and enjoyed the views as Autumn set in again….

vineyard bluesky2014 ARRIVED and the vines went absolutely mental !!!!!!

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The  Rondo ripened first and achieved a brix sugar level of over 15

IMG_0089So we started harvesting….with special instructions from Amanda Dad !!!!

IMG_0083IMG_0091We managed to pick 500 kilos and sent them off to be pressed in Amandas van and waited for the green grapes to ripen

Not after too many weeks we were picking again……………….

Picking grapesand the grape crates just kept on filling up

More Crates of GrapesIt wasn’t long before we were surrounded

Crates of Grapesand it became obvious after we’d weighed over 2 tonnes that Amandas van wasn’t going to be big enough so we ordered a lorry

Loading Lorryand finally our first harvest was ready to go to be pressed ( 7 years later !!!!!! )

Harvest Pictures…… with many thanks to all our family, staff, customers, neighbours and friends who helped over the years