Best Italian Red Wine Variety Trophy

Vineyard 28 is awarded the Best Italian Red Wine Variety Trophy at the

2018 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show.

The 2018 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show is held during the first week of November each year in Mildura, Victoria. The 2018 Show saw 805 entries received from 207 exhibitors, from 62 wine regions across Australia, and encompassed 101 unique grape varieties. The show is more than a forum for wines that fall outside the mainstream. It encourages cutting-edge judging procedures and provides a host of social and educational events that promote the sharing of knowledge and ideas of the lesser known grapes.

Vineyard 28 is very please to announce that they were awarded the

Best Italian Red Wine Variety Trophy, sponsored by CHR Hansen,

for the 2018 Dolcetto.

This is the first vintage of this wine for Vineyard 28. Dolcetto is a black Italian grape variety, known for its low levels of acidity and tendency to be ready for an early harvest. This fruit is grown at the Wildwater Vineyard site in the hills behind Harvey. Full of flavours and vibrant with red berry fruit, sarsparilla, hints of rosewater, grainy herbs, cedar and spices, a wine that is drinking well whilst young and fresh.

 

Meg Kopke receiving award on behalf of Vineyard 28
Meg Kopke receiving the award on behalf of Vineyard 28, from sponsor CHR Hansen.

Winemaker, Mark Cumbers was ‘over the moon‘ when he received the call to advise he’d received a Trophy for the Dolcetto. Thank you to our colleague Meg Kopke who was attending the Awards Long Lunch this year, and accepted the trophy on our behalf.  Receiving this Trophy is great recognition for being one of the Geographe Wine Region’s pioneers of the lesser known grape varieties.

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Tasting New Release & Vintage Wines

Winemaker Tasting with Customers WINE TASTING

at the Vineyard 28 Cellar Door

Sat 15th September – 2pm to 4pm
Sun 16th September – 2pm to 4pm
Cellar Club Members – $10.00 per person
Non Club Members – $15.00 per person
Accompanied by Antipasto Nibbles.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to participate in our second wine tasting led by  Mark…

We invite you to join our winemaker, Mark, for a guided tasting of our latest New Releases here at the cellar door. He’s also been persuaded to bring some older vintages out of the cupboard to share as well.
A great opportunity to chat with Mark about the new wines, and enjoy some history when he opens some back vintages.
BOOK TICKETS for Saturday HERE.
BOOK TICKETS for Sunday HERE.
Bookings are Essential – limited places.

Email – wine@vineyard28.com.au or Phone – 08 9733 5605 Cellar Door between 10am and 5pm.

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Award Winner – 2018 South West Small Business Awards

2018 South West Small Business Awards

2018 South West Small Business Award

Vineyard 28 wins the

2018 Food, Produce and Agribusiness Award

(sponsored by Bannister Downs Dairy)

 

 

The 2018 Small Business Awards Gala dinner was held on June 16th at the Quality Hotel Lighthouse in Bunbury, a night of celebration and recognition of the local small business community here in the South West.

The competition was fierce this year with over 100 entries received and 42 businesses from across the South West named as finalists. Vineyard 28 was pleased to be a finalist in both the Food, Produce and Agribusiness Category and the Tourism Category this year. Mark & Pippa were unable to attend the actual Awards ceremony this year, but were over the moon and quite surprised when they heard that they’d won this award for the fourth time.

It has been three years since they last entered these awards back in 2015. That year they came also came Runner-Up in the Micro Business Award category along with winning the Agribusiness Award.  Vineyard 28 received the Agribusiness Award in 2012, the first time they entered the Small Business Awards, and then followed it up in 2013 with a repeat win.

Pippa states, “We have always been strong supporters of these awards, as we believe the process is a great tool to help small business review their operations and assist with planning. They provide a great framework to sit back and look at your business objectively, identify areas for improvement, but also celebrate what you have achieved.

For Mark and Pippa this award is much appreciated recognition for the work and time they’ve spent during the past two years in getting their business back on track post the impact of the January 2016 Waroona/Yarloop Fire.

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The Quilt at Vineyard 28

Pippa – Patchwork and the Quilt Life

The Quilters Chair
Pip’s Quilters’ Chair

I started my sewing career as a child around the age of 7 or 8, in New Zealand, being taught by both my grandmothers how to make clothes. Working from the patterns of the 70’s and 80’s creating new outfits for myself, it not only taught me a useful skill, but I fell in love with fabric, textures and colours. In the early 90’s I saw my first quilt exhibition and just knew it was something I wanted to learn. In 1997 whilst my son was a baby I was able to attend classes in Bunbury and learnt how to make a Sampler Quilt. It teaches you different block designs, patchwork techniques and at the end you finish up with a whole quilt. That first quilt I made spent many years on my son, Bailey’s bed until he outgrew the design, and then as it slowly aged was adopted by our first family dog – Garvin.

Where does this word QUILT come from?

After doing a bit of a google search I discovered the word quilt actually comes from the Latin word ‘culcita‘ meaning a stuffed sack. It then made its way into the English language via the French word ‘cuilte‘. The actual origins and just when this all began aren’t totally known, but quilting, piecing and applique have been used in clothing and furnishings in many parts of the world since early times. It has been practised as a practical and decorative craft across the centuries.

What is a quilt ?

The quilt is the finished article and refers to an item made of three layers held together by the quilting or stitching of those layers together. The top layer is the decorative one, sometimes pieced, sometimes a whole piece of fabric or sometimes appliqued and embroidered. The middle layer is the wadding, in times past this was often what was at hand. Today we mostly use wool or cotton, although bamboo is becoming popular too. The final layer is the back fabric of the quilt, generally one piece, but sometimes this can be pieced as well.

Patchwork is a term that usually refers to the piecing of fabric together to make a whole. It can reference a vast array of designs and blocks that have come about over time, the names are often reflective of the era, origins or design of a block. Rural references such as the Churn Dash Block, Rail Fence,  and Log Cabin; the myriad of star designs – Ohio, Evening and Mexican Star are just a few ; Flying Geese, Spinning Wheels and Nine Patch are yet more of the well known block designs. When these designs are combined with fabric choices and patterns, amazing patchwork quilt designs are the result.

Why do I Quilt?
A bed covered in Quilts
The Spare Bed

Since 1997 I have embraced the patchwork and quilting world. Through this craft I have met many different people. I am constantly learning new things, and have made some lifelong friends. I’ve lost count of the quilts I’ve made for both family and friends. To me there is nothing better than getting together with like minded people and spending time creating with colour and fabric. There’s always lots of laughter along the way. I love making quilts for children, the brighter the better and I love needle-turn applique. (Cutting up small pieces into shapes and then appliqueing them onto a background to create a picture). 

So I guess it’s not surprising that I found a way to connect quilts and wine. Our cellar door here at Vineyard 28 is a lovely warm and vibrant place, awash with colour and the creative works of some very talented quilters from my corner of South Western Australia. Our website features many of the quilts we have for sale at the cellar door.

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Where does Vineyard 28 get its name?

We often get asked why the name Vineyard 28? Does 28 mean something to us?

Are we the 28th winery? Is it 28km along Bagieau Road?

28 ParrotOur name is actually taken from a cheeky parrot- commonly known here in the West as the 28 Parrot.

When we first planted our vineyard these cheeky little parrots were a bit too helpful, snacking on new shoots and trotting along behind and nipping out new grafts. They loved us and all we were doing. When we started looking at names, we wrote lots of things down on a piece of paper, playing with our names, landmarks and the local landscape. Somewhere along the way parrots got noted down, and from that we became Vineyard 28. As Mark likes to say, it’s a bit like calling a beautiful Rose Garden – Aphid Park.

Today our parrots still enjoy an occasional springtime snack of new shoots, dead-heading the roses in my garden, and ventilating the cellar door lawn area by pulling it up by its roots. The best time to see them in action is early mornings and late afternoons, they rest in the heat of the day in nearby trees.

The Australian ringneck (Barnardius zonarius) is a parrot native to Australia. Except for extreme tropical and highland areas, the species has adapted to all conditions. Traditionally, two species were recognised in the genus Barnardius, the Port Lincoln parrot (Barnardius zonarius) and the Mallee Ringneck (Barnardius barnard), but the two species readily interbred at the contact zone and are now considered on species.

28 is actually a colloquial name for these parrots here in Western Australia, apparently due to their contact call – a whistled – twen-ty-eight – which if you listen carefully can be heard across south west forests.

Visiting the cellar door here at Vineyard 28, you may well catch a glimpse of these birds, but they prefer to be active in the early mornings and at dusk.

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Back when we began …

Early picturesIn early 1996, Mark and Pippa resided in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, both holding down professional jobs. Mark as a research chemist and Pippa for Hewlett Packard. They’d travelled the world prior to that, exploring the African continent, living and working in the UK, and holidaying in Europe. Throughout this time – we always enjoyed wine wherever we went. From Rutherglen in Victoria to the Languedoc in France. Somewhere in the back of our minds was a dream to one day own a vineyard, raise our family and make wine.

By mid 1997, our son Bailey was on the scene, and we were struggling with the idea of raising him away from family in this big city, when we had both grown up and known the freedoms of much smaller communities. Pippa being from regional New Zealand and Mark being born and raised in Capel, Western Australia.  So the Melbourne house was put on the market and sold within 2 weeks, Mark found a job in the west near Pinjarra to support us initially, the 10acres of land and a house was found in the Shire of Harvey, and in 40 degree heat on Boxing Day 1997, Bagieau Road became our home and eventually home to our business – Vineyard 28.Mark Pippa and Children

In the spring of 1998, the first vines were planted, so that by the Summer of 1999/2000 we were underway. During this time there was an addition to the family – Gabrielle.

Our early vines were – Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc Chenin Blanc and Semillon. Quite a different mix from where we have ended up today. As time went on and we understood more about the market place, we decided we needed to be a little different. We fell in love with Nebbiolo courtesy of Earl Happ and his Three Hills label, a few discussions ensued, some planning and the Italian concept was born. Muscat Rouge a Petit Grains was introduced for a Moscato, Arneis soon followed, and the Dolcetto took over from the Chenin. In recent years we’ve also taken on the lease of another vineyard up in the Harvey hills near the Stirling Dam, Wildwater, where we grow more Muscat, Dolcetto and the most recEric Cumbers on the Cellar Door Slabent graft – Pignoletto – which will be the basis of our future sparkling wine.

In 2004 we made a start on the cellar door. It was finished and opened late in January 2005. Constructed from local limestone blocks to reflect our landscape it has become home to our wine sales for the past 13 years, as well as promting and selling lots of local art and quilts. Then in 2010 we added the winery building behind, and Mark commenced winemaking on site.

During all of this our children have grown to adults and are spreading their wings on the eastern shore of Australia;we said goodbye to our first dog Garvin who moved here with us in 1997, and welcomed Jasper our red cloud into the family. (He’s now approaching 12 this April.) In 2018 we continue to explore new ideas and grow, with two vineyard sites to manage, Bagieau Road and Wildwater, and are looking forward to the production of our Pignoletto sparkling in the next couple of years. We look forward to sharing this journey with our many customers.

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2018 Easter Weekend Happenings

Easter Weekend – Quilt Exhibition Vineyard 28Easter Advert

Saturday 31st March to Monday 2nd April 2018

Daily at the Cellar Door – 10am to 5pm

FREE ENTRY

There will be lots happening at Easter Weekend here at the Vineyard 28 Cellar Door with our annual Quilt Exhibition on and Quilt Airing.

Come along to cath up on all the latest works by owner, Pippa Nielsen, who has been making quilts for just on 20 years. There will also be new quilts on display and for sale from many other local Quilters from Harvey, Australind and surrounds.

Australia's Bouquet Quilt
Australia’s Bouquet

The Exhibition will feature various textile works from our resident local artist – Yvonne Chapman. Highlights will be – Australia’s Bouquet, freshly back from touring as part of the 2018 Australasian Quilt Challenge and Carousel, back from touring in America with the World Quilt Exhibition, New Hampshire, where it won an award for best use of colour.

Yvonne is a renowned local artist, who works not only in traditional mediums, but has become well known for her fabulous pet portraits and her wonderful textile art creations.

 

Myalup Easter Fair & Myalup Art Exhibition  – Come and Explore our wonderful part of the world this Easter.

Why not make a weekend of it. Pop down for a day visit, or plan to spend Easter in our region. Just down the road from us will be the Myalup Easter Fair on Sunday 1st April, along with the Myalup Art Exhibition Saturday 31st March and Sunday 1st April. These will bother be happening at the Myalup Community Centre and grounds on Reading Road in Myalup.

Myaup local artist – Graeme McPherson will be exhibiting works, along with other local artists from the Harvey Art Society. Graeme worked alongside Yvonne Chapman, as our artist in residence back in September 2017, here at the cellar door.

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New Release -2017 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

The 2017 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon has just been released and is now available online and at the Cellar Door.

Both the Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes are known for their origins in the producing wines from the Bordeaux Region in France. Here in Australia we often see the two grapes blended to create either what is known colloquially as SBS or SSB. This three letter acronym we’ve adopted in this country, all depends upon which grape is in the greatest quantity in the blend. Sauvignon Blanc dominant then it is called SBS, Semillon dominate, then we see SSB. A little known fact to many of the public is that once we use greater than 15% of another grape variety in a blend then we are required to list that variety on the label.

Our pale straw coloured wine has been blended to gain optimum in flavour and balance but still maintaining the characteristics of Sauvignon Blanc. A clean crisp palate of crunchy apples and juicy limes, with a lovely freshy citrusy finish. Great to enjoy now as a light summer drinking wine.

Pop over to the Ordering page to buy some now – https://vineyard28.com.au/product/sauvignon-blanc-semillon/

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Artists in Residence

Graeme McPherson and Yvonne ChapmanVineyard 28 will welcome two local artists from the Shire of Harvey to showcase their talents.

Yvonne Chapman, a renowned local artist from Harvey, will again be demonstrating her wonderful artistic talents.  Yvonne works not only in traditional mediums such as oils, pastels and watercoulours, but also creates wonderful textile art. A great opportunity to chat with Yvonne and see her creating in watercolour.

This year she will also be joined by Myalup local artist – Graeme McPherson who is well known for his works in both acrylics and pastels. Graeme will demonstrate in pastels on the day, but will also have his well known miniature acrylics on sale.

Don’t forget to catch this special event on Sunday September 24th 2017 at Vineyard 28 Cellar Door from 10am to 4pm.

Enjoy a day with these artists showcasing their talents. You can bring a friend or two or the entire family to enjoy this show. Please contact Vineyard 28 for more info.

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Vineyard 28 Annual Quilt Exhibition 2016

The 2016 Vineyard 28 Annual Quilt Exhibition

2016 Annual Quilt Exhibition is Saturday 26th November to Sunday 4th December

Christmas is fast approaching which means it is almost time for The Vineyard 28 Annual Quilt Exhibition.

We are showcasing a gorgeous range of handmade gift items and art which may just be just the gift you are looking for. Why not top up your wine supplies ready for the big day from our range at the cellar door.

Don’t leave your shopping until the last minute. If you are looking for something specials, unique and handmade; then Vineyard 28 is the perfect place for you.

Christmas shopping really is easy at Vineyard 28.

Christmas is fast approaching and here at Vineyard 28 we have all your gift giving covered.

Drop into Vineyard 28, we can’t wait to see you.

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