Tales from Tarzali13:01:00
If you have been hanging around The Windmill Paddock lately you may recall in this post how I told you that i'm in the wine business.
Now I am going to tell you right from the start that my knowledge of viticulture in all its forms is rather limited and my experience lies mostly in drinking the fine stuff only.
However, since moving here in 2010 and becoming part of the beautiful Ross family my brain which I will metaphorically refer to as a sponge, has been slowly and ever so intently soaking up all things wine and whilst I am still in the apprentice stage my knowledge base has definetely expanded.
I can tell you that I am now fluent in the odd tasting note, I never knew of so many wonderful varieties of grapes, I can paddock talk with the best of them out in the vineyard and of course my pallate and nose has become how shall I say, somewhat sophisticated. (Purse lips here) he he!!.
There is a lot of time and hard work that goes into the vineyard which I do not lay claim to. There is the management of the pests and diseases, lifting wires, wrapping vines, slashing, pruning, fencing and the water and irrigation to name a few. After all the hard work and if the weather gods play fair with us in the season, we finally get to see our product bottled up ready to drink. That's the fun part of course, and so far we have had a little bit of success.
At the moment it is a bit tricky to help out as much as I would like to with the kids and all. But I can say that I had a hand in planting out the Sauvignon Blanc, Tempranillo and Sangiovese plots and I used to help Cam with a bit of fencing around the vineyard on some of our first dates when I first started coming up here. So romantic!
Currently we are in the process of organising a stall for our local festival coming up in November. This is a first for the vineyard and something i'm getting really excited about and helping to organise.
I would like to welcome you here to the vineyard so that you too can see what its all about and hopefully learn a thing or two about the trials and tribulations of growing grapes.
If you havent read about the vineyard and the wine business yet then you must head over to the 'Tarzali Vineyard' page here on the blog. I have written a short little summary about it and its humble beginnings and I will add a few more pictures soon.
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The picture of the wine bottles was taken at our wedding by the very talented John Tsialos.
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