A Year at Pindarie

From Season to Season

SPRING (Sep, Oct, Nov)

Vineyard

Budburst occurs in the first week of September and the busy time in the vineyard begins. Midrow vegetation is mowed down, monitoring for pests & diseases, lifting foliage wires during the rapid growth phase. By November the vines flower and our crop is set.

Sheep

Lambs are weaned and off to market. The wool from the winter shearing is sold. The ewes have a quiet restful break… until the rams are let out with them in November.

Cereal

By the end of spring the crop is ripening and nearing harvest.

Wine

The wines are prepared for bottling and left to settle before released.

General

Weeding, weeding and more weeding. More jobs for Tony, we can’t let the to-do list ease up!

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SUMMER (Dec, Jan, Feb)

Vineyard

The waiting period begins, monitoring for signs of water stress, and veraison (colour change in berries) begins in late January. Grape sampling for ripeness begins in February.

Sheep

The rams are let loose & soon the ewes are hopefully all pregnant!

Cereal

Is harvested and in the silos by Christmas.

General

Yep, you guessed it back to the To-do list in the spare moments!

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AUTUMN (March, April, May)

Vineyard

March is the busy month with harvest of grapes. After harvest when opening rains come and the midrow comes alive with natural vegetation. Under-vine mulching and composting occurs at this time as we convert into organic growing.

Sheep

Lambing commences in April, hopefully onto green grass.

Cereal

The paddocks are rested until opening rains, when they are sown via minimal tillage methods, minimising soil disturbance, increasing organic matter in the soil and maximising the water-holding ability of the soil.

Wine

The wines are put into oak barrels to slowly mature.. We read them stories and tuck them up tight

General

Property and vineyard maintenance…. Yep back to the bloody list!! Hopefully some time off for a holiday with the kids.

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WINTER (June, July, Aug)

Vineyard

Pruning commences, a cold finger numbing experience and any excuse on a rainy day like vineyard        repairs or dropping foliage wires is a welcome break!

Sheep

Our cross bred lambs are growing fast & lamb marking vaccinations have to be given. At the end of winter it is Shearing time for the ewes.

Cereal

Seeds is sown in June, after a good opening rain.

Olives

This is about the same time as the wild olives are harvested and processed for olive oil, which is available at the Cellar Door

Wine

The wines are slowly maturing in oak.

General

Cellar Door Maintenance, Building projects.. The tasks- to- do list keeps getting longer!

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