Saturday 19 January 2019, 9:00 arrival and cuppa for a 9:30 start.
This is the first Hands-On Day for the year and it's always a popular one. Learn how to control growth, manage trellising for maximum sunlight capture, cane control and more. Each year we plan a couple of hands-on days in the vineyard to show you how we turn sunlight into wine, it all starts in the vineyard. On this Saturday we start at 9.30am (9:00 for a cuppa) sharp with a short but essential classroom exercise.
At Gisborne Peak we have been growing grapes for wine for 30 years now. Over that time we have learned how to get the best balance between our trellis type, canopy density and plant vigour and the climate to produce what we believe are the best grapes we can possibly deliver into the wine-making phase.
This day is all about seeing how the parts of the puzzle fit together in the vineyard at least.
It is an interesting experience, something that you might only do once but something that you will be happy to have done we are sure. Much of what you learn can be transposed into improving the performance of your garden at home.
After the class work and a brief morning tea we go into the vineyard for about an hour to learn first hand the art/science of canopy management before you are assigned a small patch of vines to work on by yourself, that's solo, alone, unsupervised and as an individual in case you were unclear. You will be amazed at how quickly you learn to deal with the principles that you were taught and help us turn some sunlight into wine.
Then it's back to the marquee for a de-brief and lunch. We finish by about 1:00.
There is more information about this day on the website under 'Latest News'. Follow this link. You do need to book and the cost to cover the morning tea and lunch is $25.00 pp.