A New Season Begins

A New Season Begins

I hope you all had a lovely Easter and all kept well and safe. I hope you didn’t make yourself too sick with too much chocolate. We had a lovely one; we caught up with all the Grand kids and the family including the Great-grandparents, great aunts etc. There are not too many families these days that can have 4 generations all at the same time get together but we managed it. We went to the Donnybrook Apple Festival with every intention of going to the festival but the kids were having such a great time at the big playground there that we couldn’t bring ourselves to tear them away. It was great getting grandparent’s revenge by giving too much Easter bunny chocolate to the grandkids. The kids loved it but I don’t think the parents did.

I am sorry that I didn’t get a Newsletter out to you before now but as you know we have been flat out with the grape harvest. This year seems to have taken a lot longer than usual. We started 2 weeks earlier than usual and have finished around the same time. The whites came off really quickly but then we had a major rain event and the grapes came to a bit of a standstill. It took a little while for the reds to catch up.

The Grape Harvest is Over!!!This year’s grape harvest has been a long and hard one and I don’t think if you asked anyone in the industry how they are feeling at the moment you would not get the reply “I will be glad when it is over”.

Well today we finished ours!!! This morning we hand harvested our last block. It was our newly grafted over Muscat’s that will go into a dessert wine for Burch Family wines. It was a relief to be finished. We were surprised at how well the grafts took and then the tonnage that the vines produced was amazing. Our job as growers is done for another season and now it is up to the wine makers to produce the beautiful wines we know our grapes can develop into.

While we have been harvesting the grapes, our cattle have started to produce their calves and so we have been running from the long hours of grape harvests straight into delivering the calves and the nurturing of the new calves that have had some problems. No rest for the wicked!! The midwife station is now open!! We are already bottle feeding some calves and these aren’t baby bottles!!

We will start our Olive harvest in about 2 to 3 weeks to produce our beautiful Extra Virgin Olive Oil. By the end of May early June hopefully it will be all over for another season. Then pruning will start. You see because we are such a diverse property we don’t have a down time. When most vineyards finish their grape harvest they have a down time before pruning starts, this allows them to catch their breath, we just carry on. We have a great staff that all pull together to bring you the best that we can produce.

This year we have had a lot of new customers both locally and overseas (we have even had interest from Italy for our oil, AMAZING). We are grateful to you all for supporting us in the recent times of uncertainty but we are now all in full swing at Abbey Vale Vineyard. For those of you who have not yet met Juanita and her team at Abbey Vale Wines (please click here for some notes on their wines) you will be surprised at how light and bright the cellar door is with the products, artwork on the walls and the new wines that are produced by Juanita’s husband John Fogarty,  Julian Langworthy and John’s brother Mark Fogarty. I am amazed that the team were able to do a harvest and open a cellar door at the same time.

The cellar door is open 10am to 5pm, Wednesday to Sunday, and will be open 7 days a week during the school holidays.

Now that the cooler weather is here, a good red and a hearty meal that is quick and easy to put together is a must. I must admit I am a fan of the slow cooker in winter but since I bought Brad a Weber Q, I just love finding things for him to cook. My theory is after nearly 30 odd years of marriage and having to think of what to cook each night has gotten a bit monotonous. So I thought I would put some recipes in for him as well as her. I was amazed when he said he would do the cooking, however I didn’t realise that him doing the cooking meant just that, I prepare and he does the cooking why should I be surprised!!! Please click here for some mouth-watering recipes for a long lazy Sunday Lunch to go with our oils and wines. Bon Appetit!! Wishing you all the best for a happy Autumn and School holidays.

Kind regards

Jenny, Brad and all the Team at Wulura.

888 Wildwood Rd Yallingup Siding W A 6282
Postal:- P O Box 346 Dunsborough  W A  6281
Ph:-  +61 (08) 97551049
Email:- jenny@wulura.com.au Web:-  wulura.com.au

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