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Madeleine Angevine Harvest

16th September 2018

Earliest ever harvest. Rain kept off. Super picking team. 104 tubs of beautiful grapes.Younger Awties Liz, Ned and Paula all helping.

Thanks to everyone who helped on the day, to Farmer John for the loan of his big trailer and to Steve, Harry and Kevin up at Steve's winery. And most of all thanks to our clever 30 year old vines.

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Spectacular grapes after a record hot summer
Spectacular grapes after a record hot summer
Family gather the night before harvest: Paula, Jack, Benji, Ned, Iain
Family gather the night before harvest: Paula, Jack, Benji, Ned, Iain
Jane was there too
Jane was there too
Threatening clouds but dry on harvest morning
Threatening clouds but dry on harvest morning
Driving the buckets and  tubs up to the field in Farmer John's 3 ton trailer
Driving the buckets and tubs up to the field in Farmer John's 3 ton trailer
Paula setting out croissants to warm.
Paula setting out croissants to warm.
Ginge and Jess arriving by bike
Ginge and Jess arriving by bike
Delicate blue fungi looking like flowers in the grass by the vineyard gate
Delicate blue fungi looking like flowers in the grass by the vineyard gate
Ned and Paula
Ned and Paula
choosing their rows
choosing their rows
Ginge and Jess setting out tubs at the row ends
Ginge and Jess setting out tubs at the row ends
And they're off
And they're off
Virginia
Virginia
Maggie, Jack and Sandra
Maggie, Jack and Sandra
Jane
Jane
Di and Christine
Di and Christine
Sarah
Sarah
Sandra
Sandra
Spectacular harvest
Spectacular harvest
Christine and Di
Christine and Di
fly
fly
Mark
Mark
Coffee break: Iain's pizza, Jane's apple cake, Liz's brownies
Coffee break: Iain's pizza, Jane's apple cake, Liz's brownies
Virginia and Jan
Virginia and Jan
Mark
Mark
Ned
Ned
Big trailer full, 2 layers, 72 tubs. Ned and Iain
Big trailer full, 2 layers, 72 tubs. Ned and Iain
Wine o'clock
Wine o'clock
Sim
Sim
Wotta big, beautiful crop! Jane and Iain perching on the big trailer
Wotta big, beautiful crop! Jane and Iain perching on the big trailer
Joan
Joan
Jess
Jess
lining up the tubs to load the horse trailer
lining up the tubs to load the horse trailer
Horse trailer full. 24 tubs. Another 6 in the truck and 2 in the car
Horse trailer full. 24 tubs. Another 6 in the truck and 2 in the car
Oatley peaceful again in the evening sun
Oatley peaceful again in the evening sun
Paula relaxing as the sun sinks
Paula relaxing as the sun sinks
Kernling grapes colouring up as they ripen
Kernling grapes colouring up as they ripen
Joan
Joan
Admiring the new handling equipment at Steve's winery
Admiring the new handling equipment at Steve's winery
Benji
Benji
Steve's winery
Steve's winery
Mike
Mike
Sally
Sally
Benji
Benji
Iain
Iain
Amazing grapes
Amazing grapes
Liz, escaping from the kitchen
Liz, escaping from the kitchen
36 tubs picked by coffee time
36 tubs picked by coffee time
Liz making Greek salad in the kitchen
Liz making Greek salad in the kitchen
Jess and Jack
Jess and Jack
Ginge
Ginge
Swiftly cleared and swept the horse trailer
Swiftly cleared and swept the horse trailer
Table setting and flowers by Jan
Table setting and flowers by Jan
A taste of our first Gold Medal winning wine for everyone before lunch
A taste of our first Gold Medal winning wine for everyone before lunch
Lunch: Courgette terrine, Pork Afelia with cypriot lentils and Greek salad, apple and quince crumble and cheeses
Lunch: Courgette terrine, Pork Afelia with cypriot lentils and Greek salad, apple and quince crumble and cheeses
1400 litres of free run juice before all the grapes are tipped!
1400 litres of free run juice before all the grapes are tipped!