Four Seasons - Grape Picking

When the grapes are fully coloured up and looking cherry ripe, it’s time to get the buckets and snips out of the shed. As Christmas holidays and summer draw to an end, neighbours, friends and family are called on to help pick grapes as another harvest begins.

We normally start picking Chenin Blanc and Shiraz in March and finish with Grenache in late May, although in 2002 we had our “last pick” on the 7th of June. Vine Vale is the latest ripening district on the valley floor.

All of our grapes are picked by hand with a pair of snips, dropped into a bucket and thrown into a grape bin where they are transported no further than half a mile to our winery, located centrally among the vines.