Slideshow

  • Home

The Wine Farm is where we grow the wine we want to drink and
the food we want to eat. It's where our kids get muddy, our dog
can howl without upsetting the neighbours and we can breathe.

Home

Letters from The Wine Farm

Let’s talk about the weather

It was 37 degrees in the shade as I gave my standard answer to a common question at the cellar door this summer: “Why did you guys choose this area to grow grapes?”

The cool climate.

While this first-time customer attempted to stifle a chuckle I tried to explain.

‘Cool climate’ is a term that gets used a lot in the wine world but not always appropriately. Having snow on dormant vines during winter doesn’t count for much when those same vines are baking in relentless heat throughout their crucial growing season. It’s the weather during ripening that really counts, and the closer to picking the more of an impact it has on the ultimate style of your wine.

More

Subscribe

  • One door closes

    February 12, 2019

    This morning the last of the nets went over the vines marking the end of the back-breaking vineyard work till harvest starts in about three weeks; the cellar door is now closed until Easter; and the kids’ activities have started up again for the year (including our oldest starting school!). It truly does feel like new beginnings.

    More
  • In the thick of it

    November 18, 2018

    Until now we’ve tackled weeds in the vineyard by slashing under the vines. But when your back hurts just looking at the vineyard at the beginning of the growing season, and then your tractor starts making the same groaning noises as you, it’s time to re-assess the situation.

    More
  • A kiss on both cheeks

    October 18, 2018

    The Wine Farm Pinot gris 2017 – dry, textured and full of flavour it’s a nod to the Italians, a kiss on both cheeks with the French but 100% The Wine Farm.

    More
  • The Wine Farmer’s Wife

    September 22, 2018

    When we first bought this property and all its beautifully manicured flowerbeds we knew we wouldn’t have time to stop and smell the roses… so we pulled them all out. Then politely dismissed the gardener.

    More
  • Our pet project

    September 12, 2018

    There’s nowhere to hide with our pét-nat. With no added sugar, zero sulphur, no additions whatsoever, you are literally left with grapes in a bottle. So those grapes had better be good!

    More
Home
Home
Home