Our Photo Gallery
- Christobelle and Howard
Father & Daughter Winemakers Howard & Christobelle, with bottles of sparkling wine ready to have the yeast sediment removed.
- Harvest time
Howard on the first day of harvest 2017, with a bunch of freshly picked early harvest Muscat grapes for our Sparkling Lizzie.
- The dog helps at harvest time
All our grapes are hand picked, and the dog loves "supervising" the picking crew!
- The grape crusher / de-stemmer
At harvest time the grapes are fed into this machine and the rotating fingers remove the grape berries from the stalks. The crushed berries fall through the holes in the cylindrical screen and are transfered to a fermentation vessel, while the stalks are pushed out the end of the crusher.
- Sparkling Wine Bottle Lees
All our Sparkling wines are made using the traditional Champagne method.
These bottles have completed their secondary fermentation in the bottle (to make them bubbly), and have gone through the riddling process (turning) to settle the lees in the neck of the bottles ready for removal.
- Howard pruning
Not only do we hand prune, but we use a more traditional method of pruning (cane pruning) that requires a lot of skill. So it takes our 3 pruners the better part of 3 months to prune our 8 hectares of vines. But we're convinced it's worth it!
- Christobelle with Barrels
Christobelle with a couple of brand new French oak hogsheads (300L barrels) ready to be filled with 2017 vintage Durif.