Braving the Elements

Author: Jack Grey

You may have noticed… It was rather cold last week. Yet, the Bluestone crew was out amongst the wind, snow and ice. That is not to say that there aren’t much colder places for viticulture in the world, but still, we’re mildly pleased with ourselves.

Winter pruning has continued as much as possible and we have finished with all the red grapevines in Three Acre Vineyard and are well into our assault on the Iron Age plot. Our estimations are that we have pruned around 4000 vines so far. But we are now facing the extra long rows in Iron Age. This work began on Thursday 11 February and will most likely take 2-3 weeks to complete. We began the process by removing the clips holding the wires together from around 8 rows that we plan on tackling first. A joint decision was made against doing any pruning on the first morning as to stand still for long intervals would have been too cold and the former option allowed us to take a gentle stroll to keep warm.

But now we are well into our stride, pressing on when the weather allows while taking regular tea breaks to refuel and regather. As of 15th February, we have finished five of the long rows. It will be fantastic to complete this section as these are the last of the red grapevines, so we can then move onto the Chardonnay, which makes up the majority of our plantings.

If you are interested in seeing how the vineyards are looking at the moment then keep an eye on our Instagram as we will post shots as regularly as we can. Toby has also posted a video on Youtube where he demonstrates some pruning on a Pinot Noir vine which you can watch here. Finally, we would love to hear from you, so if you are interested in learning a bit more about what we are doing then feel free to email us at

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