Category Archives: In the Vineyard

Pruning at Dromana June 2018

With 20 students undertaking the Heartbreak Grape course at Dromana Estate we had plenty of hands to undertake the pruning of our 400 vines. We Cane prune our vines. A laborious method that takes twice as long as the alternate … Continue reading

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Leaf Plucking and Bunch Thinning. Also tasting of New Zealand Pinot Noir

  On Sunday 7th¬†January¬†our time in the vineyard was spent leaf plucking. This involves removing some leaf that is shading the bunches. This allows more exposure of the grapes to sunlight and allows better airflow within the canopy to reduce … Continue reading

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Tasmanian Trip 2017

On Friday 28th July past and current students along with Peter Mitchell and myself flew out to Hobart, Tasmania for a long weekend of wines and food. Our first stop after the airport was Bangor Wine and Oyster Shed. Freshly … Continue reading

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Pruning Dromana 2017 and Tasting

Today we pruned our rows at the Dromana Estate Vineyard. We have 10 rows each with 40 vines. Where possible we cordon prune. That is we keep 2, 1 year old canes and tie these down along the fruiting wire. … Continue reading

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Vintage approaches

Today we removed green or damaged bunches. We also did bunch counts and bunch weights to determine the approximate size of the crop from our 400 vines. We estimate we will get over 1000kg, a g0od size crop, if all … Continue reading

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Work in the vineyard begins.

On Sunday 18th May we began our second session of the beginners course. After sterilizing our footwear we headed off to the section of the vineyard which will be ours for the next year. The date of pruning has been … Continue reading

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