10th Light Horse Bridle Trail – Opening

Horses on the 10th Lighthorse Bridle Trail

On August 3 and 4, members of the 10th Light Horse Bunbury troop led the 10th Light Horse Bridle Trail’s official re-opening ride. The event marked the 100th anniversary of the 10th Light Horse Regiment’s return to Western Australia in 1919 – five years after World War One began.

The 10th Light Horse Regiment was the only Australian Imperial Force – Light Horse Regiment to be recruited from WA in WWI. The regiment also patrolled the South-West coast during WWII. In honour of the regiment and its efforts, the original trail was first opened on October 15, 1989.

The Trail …

The newly reopened trail stretches over 56 kilometres from Binningup in the south to Island Point, Mandurah. Vineyard 28 is approximately half way along this trail.

10th Light Horse Bridle Trail Map

On Saturday the 3rd August, Vineyard 28 was pleased to welcome all the riders and support crews. Many camped overnight on our neighbour’s farm, so that they could complete the trail ride the following day. It was great to see riders and horses arrive. We even had the army here, along with a great display of military vintage vehicles. The day finished with a traditional Aussie BBQ of sausages in bread, washed down with a few wines.

Congratulations must go to the organisers, the Friends of the 10th Light Horse, and especially to Daniel McDonald for all his efforts and how well he kept us informed and involved.

Now that the trail is open, horse riders from around WA will be able to take advantage of the trail. There are a few places along the trail suitable for parking a float and going out for a ride to explore. Vineyard 28 is one such place where you can park the float securely, with prior notice, enjoy a ride, and then return for some wine tasting and a BYO picnic lunch. Another great location is the Old Coast Road Brewery, where you can tether your horse in the shade and partake of a meal and locally made brew.

A few photos from the event ..


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Harvey Harvest Festival 2019

Sunday 17th March 2019 – 9am to 4pm Snell Park, Harvey

Experience the atmosphere of Italy at the LiveLighter Harvey Harvest Festival. Set in the picturesque gardens of Snell Park, Harvey, the Festival offers a feast for the senses with arts, culture, food, wine and markets.

Loads of music and entertainment. Make sure you are there for the Annual WA Livelighter Grape Stomping Championships. There will be rides, roving street entertainment, and the animal petting farm to keep the kids occupied.

If Art is your thing, then make sure you also hop on a bus and check out the 2019 Harvey Art Safari. See local artisans and their work presented in the beautiful gardens of Chalbury Park.

Vineyard 28 will be there with our range of wines, along with other Geographe Wineries – Fifth Estate, Harvey River Estate and Moojelup Farm.

Keep the kids occupied with rides, street theatre, fairy workshops, the LiveLighter Grape Stomp and an animal petting farm. There’s something for everyone at the LiveLighter Harvey Harvest Festival!

More info at the website – www.harveyfest.com.au

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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

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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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Harvey Harvest Festival

Harvey Harvest FestivalSunday 19th of March, 2017.
9am to 4pm Snell Park, Harvey

Drink, eat and be merry, want to unwind and drink a wine or 2?

On the same day in Harvey will be the first ever Art Safari. An opportunity to tour the town on a bus from the Festival, seeing various street art installations, along with 2 stops – at the Creative Arts Centre – local artists work on display and for sale in the Old Church and also at Chalbury Park to see sculptures and artists in their beautiful grounds.

Experience the drama, colour and excitement of the Harvey Harvest Festival 9am to 4pm on Sunday 19th of March, 2017.

We at Vineyard 28 hope to see you all there!

Go to http://harveyfest.com.au/ for more information.

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