Sunday, July 10, 2011

Back to the Vines


There is always work to be done on the vineyard. Over the weekend, it was time to get back to the vines and pruning. We have over 6000 Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and other vine varieties  on the vineyard which is 10 kms south of Nannup in the South West of Western Australia.

Pruning can be back breaking work, but it's also time to reconnect with the seasons. Fortunately, the weather has been good to us and pruning is progressing well. Of course at the passing of yet another busy day, we relax with a red wine by the evening log fire and to restore our energy a hearty meal. Joined by friends, there is much good conversation, stories to share and plans to be made for the next day.

9 comments:

  1. Love the picture Rae, someone putting his 'back' into it! Sounds like hard work, but very rewarding in many ways from the outcome of the grapes to spending time with family and friends.

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  2. Nice B&W ! I can only imagine what this work entails. Thanks for sharing. Cheers.

    Appreciate your comment on my blog. Hope to see you again. :)

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  3. Great shot! Beautiful black and white.

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  4. I like shots like this, with the turned back. Allows the viewer to concentrate on what is being done, rather than who is doing it. A bit like playing the ball not the man ...

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  5. I agree with Julie, it promotes the action rather than the subject.

    Are your wines sold to consumers through any retail channels, Rae?

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  6. Yes, I would like to know what Alan has asked, too. please.

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  7. Thanks for the reminder re this post Julie. Alan, apologies for delay in responding - there's been a lot going on!

    Our website is just being developed and will let you know as soon as it's finished. At the moment we sell by the case, mainly to friends and through other networks although we do plan to sell more broadly in the future. The vineyard is capable of producing up the 20 tonne, which is a lot of work and wine for a family venture. However it's also very rewarding and we enjoy being connected
    to the land in this way.

    Rae

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  8. Look forward to receiving your updates, Rae.

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  9. Alan, As Julie has suggested in another post, I may start a separate blog just on the vineyard from next vintage as there is often much to tell with the vagaries of the seasons and working on the land. This will also fit in when I take a break from work at the end of this year - to which I am very much looking forward!

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