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.
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.
By the end of spring the crop is ripening and nearing harvest.
The wines are prepared for bottling and left to settle before released.
Weeding, weeding and more weeding. More jobs for Tony, we can’t let the to-do list ease up!
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.
The rams are let loose & soon the ewes are hopefully all pregnant!
Is harvested and in the silos by Christmas.
Yep, you guessed it back to the To-do list in the spare moments!
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.
Lambing commences in April, hopefully onto green grass.
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.
The wines are put into oak barrels to slowly mature.. We read them stories and tuck them up tight
Property and vineyard maintenance…. Yep back to the bloody list!! Hopefully some time off for a holiday with the kids.
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!
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.
Seeds is sown in June, after a good opening rain.
This is about the same time as the wild olives are harvested and processed for olive oil, which is available at the Cellar Door
The wines are slowly maturing in oak.
Cellar Door Maintenance, Building projects.. The tasks- to- do list keeps getting longer!