On Sunday, 1st March, we held our first pick for the season. Something that is quickly becoming a popular family ritual, but one that serves as a great help for the winery too. We had our family and friends visit Sunday for the first pick of the season. We convened for a coffee in the morning, before picking around 300 kg of grapes from the ‘ripest’ block and before getting our hands (and feet) dirty for some grape stomping. A great time for us to catch up with our loved ones before we get tied up with vintage and an excellent opportunity for our friends and family to experience what we do. Fun to see the grandkids enjoying the vineyard, ‘driving’ farm vehicles and stomping the first grapes of 2020, budding vignerons among them.
For us, in additon to a great social event, it’s an opportunity to test our systems. We know all our gear still works and we get a better gauge of where the vineyard is at. Sure, we’ve done some berry sampling over the last few weeks, but until you pick a decent amount, you’re not confident. For our winemaker customers, we crushed in at 13.3 Bé, with a pH of 3.4
And so the grape harvest rolls on, we’ll be picking with our Rent-A-Row winemakers this weekend, making wine and beginning supply to grape customers the week following for the rest of March. Here we go.
No new orders are being taken and I’m still uncertain about the total quantity of grapes we will have this year. If it becomes evident that we cannot supply everyone with their full order of grapes, be prepared please to take a little less, so that all may get some. It’s a difficult year for quantity. Otherwise all is good; we have had no smoke issues (too little, too light, too early in season and heavy rains have washed everything well and truly clean) and no disease issues.
Our Rent-a-Row Festival of Winemaking commences on the Saturday the 7th of March, continuing until Sunday March 29th., 8th and 9th March and continue through to Sunday 22nd March.
Picking for deliveries will start on Saturday 14th of March for deliveries to Melbourne on the Sunday 15th and 22nd March. We may squeeze in a few other days for deliveries as well.
Collection from vineyard:
If you are collecting from the vineyard please let us know your preferred date (from the 13th March) and we’ll sort it out to have them picked and ready for you.