Archive for March, 2011

After what has been the wettest and coolest  summer for many years, harvest is approaching in a much more casual fashion than in recent memory.It’s been a long steady growing and ripening season, which will deliver grapes that haven’t been stressed and able to mature without loosing too much acid (which happens when they ripen too quickly in very dry and hot conditions).So we are looking at fantastic quality.The season is more like I remember, when we were feeling lucky to get chardonnay picked before the end of February, as we would get a payment a month earlier for contracted grapes.grenache grapes ripening

The season has not been without its setbacks,with different mildews sneaking about, so a lot of vigilance needed.The biodynamic regime seems to have helped strengthen the vines to be able to resist too much disease..No need for watering so our big irrigation dam has had a chance to recharge , so much so that the pump did end up submerged one night.Full dam

So it’s clean up time at the winery.We are getting low on stocks ,so it will be good to have some new wines in the barrels.

We have a couple of great events coming up in association with Orange Food Week8-17 April download the program at

Here in Canowindra we host “The 100 Mile Dinner” ,where we invite chefs and winemakers from Orange, Mudgee, Bathurst, Cowra and Canowindra to share their produce with us at a meal for 300 in the main(dog leg) street .It’s a fun night with great music for dancing during and after the meal. Tickets sell out quickly ,you can order them from the Food website .

I’ll be holding free tours of the vineyard,olive grove and winery and explaining our organic operation at 11am or 2pm most days accompanied with a wine tasting. Please book first

The canowindra@home group are also holding Night Markets at the Balloon Glow on Sat 9th April 5-8pm at the Tom Clyburn oval in Canowindra,where once again the local producers will be offering tastings  and take away of their own products.Small portion meals will be available to enjoy while you taste the best of the local wines.

It will be a busy couple of weeks for Canowindra as the town is hosting the National Balloon Championships from8th-17th April, so we’ll have at least an extra 200 people in town competing or crewing plus spectators .It’s always a magnificent spectacle to see the balloons blowing up and taking off on mass early in the morning and mid afternoon. There will be up to 40 balloons competing .

All this is around the Easter holiday break so it’s a great chance to get away and have some fun!!