Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Time to Relax

My feet had barely touched the Western Australian soil when it was time to drive the four hours to the family vineyard, Red Gully Wines, to join our team of pickers. The cabernet sauvignon grapes were ready for harvesting. 

Here it is the end of a long day and the picking has been successful and we can finally relax. The next task? The hour or so journey to take the grapes to the winery for processing. 


  1. Looks very successful. Do you ever get involved in any of the manual labor or is your role clearly administration only?

  2. Hi Kate,
    We get involved in just about everything, although we do have a winemaker for this very important and specific task.

    With picking, we have a great group of friends and family both near to the farm and from Perth who come to help. Hubby Ken (on the truck) and our eldest son Garth are in this photo. This time round I was doing the picking, although usually I am behind the stove cooking up large amounts of food to feed the hungry pickers from breakfast in the morning to a large Brunch to then lunch and then to dinner.

    It's hard work on the vineyard and at the same time rewarding and lots of fun. As a family owned vineyard, it's great to be able to make wine that captures the taste of the grapes from a specific area and in the climatic conditions that we have experienced during the growing season.

    We have also been delighted with the reviews that we are receiving for our wines and which make it well worth the considerable effort our family puts into the business.

    Best wishes,


  3. Now there's one way to recover from jet lag Rae. Straight back into it I see. Looks like a wonderful, abundant harvest.