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In a very informal manner, we’ll be keeping you up to date with regular entries describing what’s happening not only at Felsberg but in and around our region as well.

February 2010 – Vintage arrives

As inevitable as the rising sun, vintage is now upon us.  It has been a tricky year in climatic terms.  November came on pretty warm and the grapes raced along under the somewhat unseasonal tropical conditions that were experienced.  December saw a hail event that unfortunately took a big chunk of our Chardonnay off the vines and onto the ground.  January came in warm to hot and the vines continued to ripen the fruit at a faster than usual pace.  February arrived cool and wet and everything stopped.  Mr Weather Man, please make your mind up!!  While overcast for a few weeks, we did not actually receive a lot of rain.  All the whites have now been harvested, Gewurztraminer (2 Feb), Riesling and Sylvaner (8 Feb).  A little earlier than usual but in great nick.  The winery is full of floral and rose petal aromas from the fermenting juice.  Our focus has now turned to the reds and the way it looks at the moment, the week of 22 Feb will see the Merlot and Shiraz enter the winery. Peter

On the café side of things we have had a busy few months.  December saw us catering many Christmas parties for businesses in the local area and a few celebrations from afield.  We shut the café and cellar door for two days over Christmas day and Boxing day.  When we opened up again, those two days on the couch were a faint memory.  It was full on from then on.  With the holidays over and children back to school, including ours (hooray hooray) we have seen things slow down for a few weeks.  People are heading back out now with the Apple & Grape Festival in a couple of weeks and winter our busiest time of the year coming up.  Karen


September 2009 – Excitement plus!!

We are extremely excited at the moment. We have just taken delivery (direct from Italy) of our brand spanking new, bright and shiny bottling machine. Wineries always look bright and shiny because nearly everything is made from stainless steel. The added excitement in a bottling line is that it also has moving parts. Whilst we are excited to have our arsenal of tools increased with such a vitally important piece of equipment, we are even more excited because we can now get down to the business of bottling our 2009 unwooded white wines. That’s right folks, we have been threatening to do this for a while but now it is actually going to happen. Since arriving at Felsberg, we have had the pleasure of creating wines in our style from the wines already in the winery; however it adds that little extra bit of pleasure to our day to be able to release wines that we have crafted from the beginning. First cabs of the rank will be Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Sylvaner. Keep on eye on the website for updates to the ‘White wines’ product pages which will announce their release.

If all that excitement isn’t enough, budburst has arrived with haste. Unseasonably warm weather towards the end of winter has resulted in Chardonnay and Riesling already shooting. This is extremely early and not without concern. Should the weather turn nasty on us now and deliver a heavy frost, the tender new shoots will be in danger of being ‘burnt off’. Such is agriculture, however given that new shoots are the beginning of new hopes for the upcoming season, we are looking forward to doing our best to ensure their growth over the coming months. To that end, we have begun our nutrition program in order to provide our vines with all the ‘goodies’ they will need during the fruit development stages.

In the Café and Cellar Door, we have had an extremely busy winter. Our thanks to all our loyal and regular supporters for coming during the ‘Brass Monkey’ season and we have also made a whole heap of new friends as well. We recently hosted Alison Cotes (Brisbane Courier Mail/Sunday Mail travel & food writer) for dinner. Our Chefs pulled out all stops and created a masterful ensemble of courses that led Alison to proclaim in her column:

“This is another good place to eat, as the young chefs at the Bell Tower Café turned out for us one of the best meals I’ve eaten in a long time”.
(Alison Cotes/Sunday Mail - August 30, 2009)

Well done to Jen Jen and Hugo in the kitchen, they did us proud!

With plenty to do, it’s a good thing that the days are getting longer. Spring in the Granite Belt is such a fantastic time of year. Apart from the vineyard bursting into life, the multitude of fruit trees in the area are also blossoming and setting their fruit for the coming season. With cool evenings and warming days, it’s a great time to visit. See you soon!!


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