Winter is the start of the grape growing season and the re-birth of the vines says Laura Pearse, owner of Upper Reach in the Swan Valley
“The vines shut down during autumn and are dormant over winter; so this is when we prune them right back,” Ms Pearse said.
“Most of the Swan Valley is hand-pruned by vignerons and skilled vineyard workers.
“During pruning we cut away all the wood from last year’s growth and leave chosen buds to produce the next season’s fruit.
“We look at each vine individually to decide how we’d like it to grow during the year and we consider which wine the fruit will go into,” Ms Pearse said.
“Through crop thinning and low yields, our philosophy is to ensure that the grapes are of the highest quality and a true reflection of their terroir.
“It’s rare for many Western Australian wineries, but we keep full control from pruning and maintaining the vineyard through to making, bottling and then aging our finished wines.
“Winter is a great time to come out to the Swan Valley to take a walk on the trail around the vineyard, and to watch us work!” said Ms Pearce.
Last year Upper Reach won the Swan Business of the Year Award in the 2015 Swan Chamber of Commerce Awards.
The Upper Reach team believe wine is one of life’s essentials- along with food, family and friends.
With Upper Reach you’ll explore the Swan Valley’s food & wine and they will help you find the perfect wine for your palate and your lifestyle.
Next Event at Upper Reach: Robust Red Sundowner on Sunday 18 June, 4.30-6.30, $25pp
P: (08) 9296 0078