One of our earliest harvests ever draws to a end
The dry summer and the heat over December and January meant that we had one of our earliest vintages on record, with our white grapes all picked in January...... and we're on course to finish the harvest by the end of February!
Our previous earliest start was the 29th January and, in 2015, we had finished all our white grape intake by that date! Not that it diminished the quality, mind you - the crop looks to be lower in yield but, with a smaller berry size, it promises to be characterful and distinct. Whites were followed by the rosé, made from Shiraz grapes, at the beginning of February hotly pursued by the Tempranillo - well, "temprano" does mean "early" in Spanish! At the time of writing, in the third week of February, we have just completed the Shiraz intake so that just leaves the Cabernet Sauvignon to be harvested towards the end of the month.
Those that have visited the farm and our tasting room during the past few weeks may have witnessed all this activity, indeed, may have been fortunate enough to look around the winery during the vinification and pressings. We're happy to show you around provided we're not too busy, but point out that this must be guided by one of our own staff for safety reasons. Alternatively, visit us on the Ommiberg Festival day (7th March) when you can try you feet at grape stomping and taste our unique White Pinotage directly from the barrel!