School sports day 2017
Go Oxley - Conrad did so well being the fastest member for the relay team & Grace received 2nd in the district for 8 year old girls!
Harvest 2017 has begun
Fermenters to be cleaned out & barrels to be topped ( check out more images in Vintage report)
First day school 2017
First official day of school for 2017 with Grace grade 2 & Conrad Prep
Grace our little ballerina "Riesling" Dec 2016
First time dancing junior ballet and took our the award for best in class 2016 - Ballet & Jazz. Don't you think she looks like a beautiful drop of Riesling or Chenin Blanc!
Conrad Kinda Graduation Dec 2016
So proud of our little man, but hopefully he will change his career and follow dads footsteps in the vineyard/winery as he stated he wants to be a motorbike racer when he grows up
School Spring 2016
Grace showing Conrad the way to school. Conrad transitioning well and will be Prep in 2017. What's mum going to do without her little helper??
Selfie Time with Gen 6
Recent family shot May 2016 @ Oxley
Harvest time 2016
Grace this year received her junior badge for pump overs as he looked after Gamay & Merlot and assisted with emptying the 6tonne fermenter
Harvest time 2015
Harvest time saw Conrad steer the hand picking crew for the Muscat at Rutherglen and always great quality time for the family spending hours in the tractor talking through CB radios
Pruning, Pruning and yes Pruning that is all its about at the moment. the crew are enjoying cold mornings and winter warm sunny afternoons! The kids are having fun while its a novelty picking the cut vine arms into the ute/trailer, not sure how long that will last (mm 2 years?)
Harvest time over and Conrad thinks dad needs a new piece of vineyard equipment, loves reviewing the industry catalogues that come in the mail and showing dad (this one this one).
This year saw Conrad overseeing the grape receival and crushing of the grapes, he would always hear dads truck coming down the lane loaded with grapes ready for crushing. Grace on the otherhand was busy at 4 year old kinda.
Lots happening in October - Watch out when you ring the cellardoor as Grace may answer the phone.
"Hello John Gehrig Wines speaking" Also she has been practicing her ballet in the cellar door while customers enjoy dads wine.
Grace also informing mum (shop keeper of the cellar door) that she would like to buy some Merlot!
Kids are funny creatures Grace is busy helping on the bottle washer @ bottling or you may even catch her on the labelling machine with Nishy wiping bottles and pressing buttons.
Conrad will assist with tasting as you get into trouble if you don't cap the bottle, he also is helping blend barrel samples by mixing glass samples (he may even get a small taste when we are not looking)
Grace & Conrad running the picking crew on tractors saying faster-faster! or hiding in muscat bin.
One quote I will remember from 2013 vintage was grace telling me on top of the open fermenter when plunging the cap of the merlot- not to mash the juicy grapes but squash them gently.
Monday 13th of August while having dinner Grace was talking about Dads juicy grapes and mentioned Pinot Noir, not bad for a girl who is nearly 3!