Thursday, February 3, 2011

Vintage times during Fab Feb

Constant rain in recent months made winemakers wonder whether there would ever be a vintage this year. We've had more than two weeks of sunshine so it's action stations in Granite Belt vineyards starting now. So it could be a FAB FEB after all.

First grower out of the blocks this week was specialty producer LiraH who began picking chardonnay grapes for their popular verjus. The team at the oldest family owned winery in the region Ballandean Estate is rolling up their sleeves to pick their much loved White Muscat grapes. By the weekend these grapes will take the first step on their journey to the bottle and cellar door.
Across the road at Golden Grove Estate the Costanzo family is gearing up for their popular annual Sicilian Vintage Lunch this Saturday, again a sell out event.

Back in the vineyards, vignerons at Summit Estate, Robert Channon Wines, Whiskey Gully, Ridgemill Estate and Harrington Glen are also testing sugar levels for the chardonnay base for sparkling wines...all look set to start the big pick in the next week or two.

Visiting the Granite Belt is a smart move - there are dozens of offers 30% OFF normal prices in the FAB FEB campaign.  But if you cant get to the Granite Belt for your Fab Feb deal, down in Brisbane Sirromet has a harvest day at their Mt Cotton winery on Saturday 12 February.