Ever wondered what winemakers do when they are not making wine?
Well, if you fall in the category of person who quite often bites off then they can chew, then it turns out you decide to plant another 2ha of vineyard!
This has been quite the exercise for me, as I haven’t been involved in planting a vineyard from scratch before. Turns out like most things, it’s all in the preparation: or basically, pulling out a lot more rock than I thought. Short term pain for long term gain, I keep telling myself though as the soil and the aspect are great and I’m excited about getting the first fruit off in a couple of years (hopefully).
Stage one is some more Pinot Noir (four different clones) and Riesling and some Chardonnay as well (four clones also).
The plan is to be completely self-sufficient so to that end, stage two in a couple of years time will involve another 1.5 hectares. Firstly though, I need to get my new vinebabies in the ground, get them up and growing and hopefully keep the Tasmanian wildlife from eating them!