Tom and Ally “Hit the Wall”

Open lyre Chardonnay – canopy separated

Tom and Ally “Hit the Wall”

This time of the year at Providence signifies the approaching end of the high growth period for the vine canopies.  The most difficult one to manage are the “Open Lyre” trellises developed in France at the University of Bordeaux – viticulturally close to perfect for Tasmanian conditions but a management nightmare!  The only way to open up the centres of the lyre is to get inside the trellis.  The second photo shows the battle Tom and Ally had to sort the canes!

This is the last block to be separated  this year and will be hedged on Saturday (25 Jan).  Hedging is the last major task before we net the vineyard for bird protection (the grapes, decease not the birds!). This will take place the first week in March.

 

 

 

 

 

 

No job can be done well without “supervision!

The “Supervisor” Astra

About Stuart

Born Bushey Herts UK in 1945. Migrated to Australia 1949. Schooled in Launceston Tas. Served in the RAAF 1963-1986 initially as an instrument mechanic, graduating from 64 pilots course in 1968. Service in Vietnam 1971. Graduate: Navy Staff College in 1984. Retired as Wing Commander 1986. Graduate: Charles Sturt University 1987 with BAppSc (Wine Science). A decade of wine politics 1987 - 2007 including state president (Tas) and national vice-president of the Winemakers Federation of Australia. State services member: Veterans Review Board 1991 - 2015 and chairman of Life Education Tasmania Inc 2007 - 2013. Passionate about wine; keen trekker in PNG; military history.
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