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A kick up the bum

Looking out over the vineyard this morning, just under half the nets are still in place. This means we’ve broken the back of harvest and our Pinot noir, Pinot gris, and Pétillant naturel grapes are all safely in the cellar doing their thing. But as we snip each bunch from the vine, I can’t help but fixate on what the world might look like when the bottle of wine these grapes are destined for is ultimately uncorked. Which of the restaurants that have supported us so well to date will still be there to tell our story and pour our wine for a table of friends celebrating together, sitting side by side, perhaps even sharing their glass.

Since we started our tenure on The Wine Farm five years ago the vast majority of our time and energy has gone into nurturing our family and our farm. From day one we set about farming our land organically and are now months away from being certified Biodynamic. But farming this way comes at a cost. It is physically harder and takes more of our time than farming conventionally with chemicals. This means we haven’t had much capacity to actually market the product we create.

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    December 13, 2019

    Five years on The Wine Farm and we’re gathering knowledge of the seasons and how the farm responds. We bank this knowledge in a special corner of the cellar. It’s called library stock.

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    December 1, 2019

    Bubbles aint bubbles. There are so many ways to make wine sparkle and given the one we use is a little left of centre we thought it might be timely to give you a ready reckoner on all things fizz. Plus, get your hands on our 2018 Pétillant naturel.

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  • Certifiably insane

    October 12, 2019

    It’s official, we’re now ‘Australian Demeter Biodynamic in conversion’. So what the hell does that mean? Let’s break it down.

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  • Picture perfect Pinot

    October 5, 2019

    When the fruit entering your cellar looks like a still life and you’re already painting a mental picture of the final product, you can’t help but wonder if this might be the one. 2017 was a great year for growing Pinot noir in South Gippsland.

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  • Planting thoughts

    August 26, 2019

    When we bought The Wine Farm five years ago we inherited eight varieties of grapes in two types of soil and varying states of health. Now they’ve had a chance to show their true potential in this cool climate and with our way of farming, it’s time to make some changes.

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