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
Join us for an evening of wine, cheese and literature.
Artwine are proud to host the launch of bestselling Australian author, Tricia Stringer's latest release, 'Something in the Wine'.
The book is set in a fictitious Margaret River vineyard and includes a link to an Adelaide Hills winery producing a very special Spanish variety, Albarino.
“Keely Mitchell is taking a holiday to escape realities at home she’d rather not face but when she ends up at Levallier Dell Winery she’s caught in the middle of a tug-of-war between father and son wine makers, Euan and Flynn Levallier.
A warm-hearted rural romance, this time set among the scenic vineyards of Margaret River wine country”.
As the only producer of Albarino in the Adelaide Hills, Artwine owner Judy Kelly will be launching the book and giving guests an insight into the viticulture and quirky history of Albarino in Australia.
Guests will be treated to a glass of Albarino on arrival, a selection of local cheese with accompaniments and, of course, a few words from the author herself.
Matilda’s Bookshop will have copies of Tricia’s books for sale on the night which the author will be happy to sign.
One lucky attendee will WIN a copy of Something in the Wine and a bottle of our (almost) sold out 'The Real Thing' Albarino.
Please RSVP via firstname.lastname@example.org as places are limited.
Doors will open from 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
Friday 25th January - Sips at Sunset Kick off your long wekeend in style. Unwind with a crisp white on our open-air terrace or lawns and feast on gourmet produce as you watch the sun set over our surrounding vineyards.
Sat/Sun 26/27th January - Gourmet on the Lawns
Relax on the lawns under the shade of market umbrellas. Indulge on gourmet picnic fare and sip cool summer whites or enjoy a refreshing Adelaide Hills Prosecco from our pop-up Prosecco bar, whilst enjoying live music, bocce and breath taking views. Call Cellar Door on 08 8389 9399 to pre-order your gourmet hampers.
Transport options available from the city - leave your car at home and enjoy the weekends festivities. Buy your transport tickets here www.crushfestival.com.au
Artwine, 72 Bird in Hand Road, Woodside