Its winter…

One of the most beautiful times of the year.

With the cold temperatures comes changes in the vineyards. Leaf colouring makes for one of the most amazing sites on the farm. Just a reminder that after such a successful harvest our vines need to go to bed and rest so that they could produce another fruitful year in 2017.   It was a dry year so far, but with each little drop of rain that finally comes, the dull dry soil and al its flora, transformed into a lushes green paradise.  One of God’s great gifts to us. With each week that passes by, every familiar scene changes, it’s like a stage production with 10 costume changes.

We have just taken off the last of our olives for the 2017 harvest. Olive trees are not the easiest crop to grow in terms of its ability to mess with one’s head like a poker player that has the best poker face in the world.  Olive trees have a condition called alternate bearing.  One year you have an amazing crop and the next there’s nothing on the trees.  2017 was one of the lower yield years, but with lower yields, comes more concentration of flavours, quality and size. So we are still very excited to be able to produce great quality extra virgin olive oils as well as table olives for our loyal customers.

After 6 months both our Grape and olive harvest seasons has come to an end and we look forward to the next 6 months. The most important next step would be Pruning. Pruning is one of the most crucial processes in crop management to ensure a successful crop the following year. So our farm workers will soon be putting their gloves on and start pruning both the vineyards and the olive trees.

We pray for more rain so that our dam levels can rise and our soil moisture levels will become sufficient for the dryer months that will follow.

But for now we could just behold the wondrous spectacle of nature doing its most dramatic, theatrical performance and just be thankful to be a part of something so magnificent.

Regards

Arno Smith
Estate Manager / Wine Maker