Vineyard and Cellar

We’ve had a strange old week

Saturday 29th of November 2008: 7.15am. The anchors and cordon wires have progressed well and we are happy. The dam water stays determinely in the dam. All attempts to get the pump and the very very expensive filtration system working are unsuccesful. We do have municipal water however but have been plaqued again by a succession of leaks and pipe …


22 Nov 2008 – a title to conjure with

Holly Lodge News: Joanne tells us that the upgrade to the tool room is progressing well. The tiles have all been removed and ‘it looks a lot better already’ We had a trojan virus on the PC in the office butSwanny/Owen sorted it. Otherwise no news. Al n Valerie back in the UK and no doubt trying to catch up …


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008 A wet bang to the mouth Dwarskloof Farm – Greyton South Africa 13 November 2008: It has rained solidly for almost 3 days. We had 55mm of rain on Tuesday; 72mm of rain Wednesday and, so far, in the first 5 hours of Thursday another 22mm. it continues. The vines were due to have their second …


The day after planting the first 3000 vines

They say that timing is everything. On the evening of Thursday 6 November 2008 and the morning of Friday 8 it rained. Jake-n-Sam’s crew completed the planting of the 3000 Viognier vines at 5 in the afternoon yesterday and it started raining at 7ish. The vines need 5 litres of water each in the first few days and (yippee) we’ve …


3 Nov 2008 – we collect our first vines

Today, 3 November 2008, I am going to Voor-Groenberg Nurseries near Wellington to collect 3000 new Viognier vines to plant in the prepared holes in our virgin vineyard. I’m borrowing Steve-n-Jane’s Toyota Hilux bakkie and setting off soon via Caledon (to get our mobile ‘phone unblocked). I should get back mid afternoon in time for the arrival from England of …






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