SPRING IS HERE!
With outstandingly beautiful blossom this year (or is that just me looking for something bright and beautiful!!) and the onset of budburst we are looking very pretty all round. We are full of optimism after a year that just kept delivering challenge after challenge since the bushfires. What a year for us all to endure and with poor Melburnians still in lockdown - who would have thought this could have happened. What an unsettled world. But onwards and upwards it will end and life will remain beautiful.
During the last few months we have worked hard on the vineyard and property. Destroyed fences have been replaced and burnt vines replaced which are now happily shooting, so we hope that this vintage we will get through unscathed. We are also in the processof planting 3 new varieties (all new-emerging) so a bit of patience for a year or two and we will have more interesting wines to surprise you with! Having said that watch this space as very soon, we will be releasing two different style wines in time for Christmas. Cellar Door is back in as much as full swing as Covid guidelines allow but is starting to feel like the new normal.
We are starting to think all things Chritsmas now (Yes I know ... but it happens whether we like it or not lol) so if you are too, then remember we can host office functions here, contact Deb at Cellar Door for more information and we can tailor an event to your requirements - numbers of course are still a bit limited. We need things to celebrate this year and if you have been working from home you may need a good cath up!
Hope to see our SA locals in Cellar Door soon and hopefully with more borders opening up,our interstate wine loving folk too.
Meanwhile stay safe and watch for news of our two new releases coming soon.
Complimentary shipping on all orders of 6 packs or more throughout Australia ordered online or through Cellar Door
Cheers Judy & Glen and Deb
Thrilled to say we are now back and open daily from 11am to 5pm.
We look forward to welcoming you for seated tastings, sales and platters.
Bookings are essential due to limited numbers and adhering to the Covid19 guidelines.
See you soon, but if you prefer to isolate longer we can come to you, we are continuing FREE shipping for min 6 pack.
Cheers Judy & Glen
We sadly have had to close our beautiful doors but all our wines are available online! /Wines
We look forward to welcoming you all on the other side of this dreadful time.
Meanwhile our best wishes to our wine family stay well and take some time to enjoy some home cooked meals and some good wines.
Whilst the couriers are delivering we will be shipping wines to you!
All the best from our family to yours!
Judy, Glen, Coco and Billie
Its taken me a while to be able to write this as its still terrifying to so many of us. It has been the horror summer for so many Australians this year, one we all want to forget but hope its one that we can all learn from the disaster and change the way we manage the land. For the Adelaide Hills Wine region its been a devastating time losing approx 30% of their vines which is a tough pill to swallow after such low yields last year too. Each day we have inspected the vines and the baby vines damaged are all starting to reshoot quite well but sadly the older vines look worse and are detoriating daily, so looks like a good prune this year with very little or most likely no fruit for a couple of varieties sadly and patience for next year.
We were lucky in that the buildings were saved thanks to our amazing CFS firies and neighbours help, though the fire did reach to 8 metres to the rear of our home, way too close for comfort. Its still very raw and there are so many heartbreaking stories ... BUT the one thing that has kept us all going has been the amazing community spirit, its been the big hug that we all needed. We are lucky to have amazing neighbours and community here in Woodside who have all gathered together and supported one another which is how we should all be living. Its certainly brought us all closer which is a great thing!
Some images below of our burnt vines, our totally burnt woodlot and some of the amazing helpers we had to assist us in clearing up, they are pruning our fried olive trees - no crops for a couple of years from these either.
I want to give a huge shoutout to Blaze Aid who are assisting the communities in replacing all the burnt fences, they do an incredible job, more unsung heroes, I cannot imagine how many thousands of kilometres of fencing have been destroyed throughout the country.
Onwards and upwards for the beautiful Adelaide HIlls which is shooting green everywhere now, nature can be cruel but is also inspiring! And... we still have lots of really good wines available!
Cheers Judy & Glen and the Artwine Team