Removing the nets
After the strong gale-force winds we experienced during vintage, health net removal was done in less than two days immediately following vintage. In contrast, site the weather conditions were ideal: sun, about it calm and beautiful! Getting nets off the vines, which is all done by hand and household brooms (we broke four of them!), is best done in nil wind conditions, as once the nets are released from the cables holding them down they intend to fly!
The nets are lifted off the rows of vines, laid in a lane and then wound onto rollers by hand. Our team: gardeners Tom and Ally and friend Lindsay worked like one-armed paper hangers to get the job done in 14 working hours. Magnificent!