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BEE-KEEPING & SIDE PROJECTS

AND OTHER STUFF THAT WE ARE UP TO

 

We don't sit still around here much. Here are some of our other projects that we have going on...

 

REAL WINE PEOPLE

Sometimes my job involves travel & I wanted to to capture some of the conversations with some of the good people transforming the Australian wine industry. You can listen on the website, or iTunes, Apple podcasts, YouTube, Spotify and Stitcher.  The episode pages have links to information on the guests, transcripts and links to the people, places and things discussed.

BEE - KEEPING

We’ve been interested in keeping hives among our vines for a while to increase the biodiversity of the farm, aid in pollination and also harvest some sweet, sweet honey.

In the Spring of 2016 we sent our grape whisperer Simon across to Sydney to learn about bees. Tim Malfroy was running natural beekeeping courses which help people “to provide for the needs of the bee colony above that of the beekeeper. It is a holistic approach based on respect and love for the bee colony.”

Once Simon completed the course and graduated from grape whisperer to 'bee hugger', we jumped straight in. My father-in-law, Martin, and Simon built their own hives and Simon captured 9 wild swarms between October and January. Some of the captures were pretty hardcore, involving taking the sides off houses and a sting count of around twenty per capture.

The full hives now reside happily amongst our vines.  We have a small harvest each year, which keeps our crumpets drizzled in pure nectar for some time.

You can read more about Tim Malfroy at his extensive website Natural Beekeeping

 

NAKED WINES

We also make wines under the label Blind Side for online wine people called Naked Wines, based in NSW.  From 2020 all of these wines are 100% certified Organic. 

BIG OL' VEGGIE PATCH

Naomi is busy expanding our little vegie patch here. We’ve got tomatoes, carrots and spinach’s hipster cousin - kale. The aim is for this produce to go beyond stocking our pantry and coming through the cellar door, or local folks around town who need it.

WINSTON & THE HIPPIE CHICKS

We have a bunch of free-range chickens roaming the place, pecking the bugs off the ground and dropping their bum nuts for us to eat. If times get tough, we’ll still be able to eat honey covered omelettes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.