Good Food and Wine Show – Perth 2018

Perth Good Food and Wine ShowJoin Pippa and Mark from Vineyard 28 at the 2018 Perth Good Food and Wine Show, presented by Citi. Enjoy a fun day out with friends discovering new food, wine and the latest products. Sample from hundreds of local and international exhibitors and find new recipe ideas from some of Australia’s best chefs.

In 2018 there will be double trouble in the Good Food Theatre – all the chefs will be buddying up with someone they love to cook with.

Chefs appearing in Perth are – Matt Moran , Anthony Puharich, Colin Fassnidge & Miguel Maestre to name a few.

We are looking forward to sharing our new wine releases from the Vineyard. We’ll have the 2018 Arneis ready to sample along with our very first dry Dolcetto – a red table wine chock full of  scrumptious cherry flavours. Other favourites such as the Moscato Rosa and Dolcetto Freddo will be also available

The Perth Good Food and Wine Show returns to the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre

24 – 26 August 2018

Here is your chance to become immersed in all things food and wine. The show returns with favourites and also new, never before seen experiences and masterclasses. So start planning now, mark your calendars, purchase your tickets, and grab your family, friends and fellow foodies – your next culinary adventure awaits.

More Information is available at the website – http://goodfoodshow.com.au/perth/about-the-show/

Early Bird Tickets are on sale now until 21st August.

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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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Vintage – what is this exactly?

Vintage 2022

What is this term Vintage ?

The Cambridge dictionary gives us the following definition of “vintage” when it’s used as an adjective;

– a thing of high quality and lasting value, or showing the best and most typical characteristics of a particular type of thing, especially from the past.

and when used to describe wine;

– the wine made in a particular year or a particular year in which wine has been made.

In the wine making world the second definition is pretty close. The vintage is the year in which we harvest the grapes that go into a specific wine. An example is our 2015 Nebbiolo  . We harvested theses grapes on the 27th March 2015. The first definition is also correct in that it also describes the best and most typical characteristics likely to be displayed in a wine. It personifies the weather conditions, the soil and wine making processes that were used that year. All together they combine to become the vintage.

In our world we also use this term vintage to cover a season in our viticultural calendar. Its the time of year we harvest the grapes and starting on the winemaking process. We tend to consider vintage to be complete once the last grapes have been harvested. The winemaking process still continues through until the wine is in bottle.

Harvest Day

Most harvest days we start around 6am, and all our grapes are hand picked into fruit bins. These are collected and transported into the winery, where they are then destemmed and crushed, with the white grapes  being pumped into the press or if it’s a red grape transferred into an open fermenter and left on skins commence fermentation. As all these processes get underway we start to build up a picture of what the resultant wine will be like.Harvesting Semillon

 

When to pick?

It is a combination of taste, seed ripeness, sugar levels and acid levels that determine when we will pick the grape. Throughout the this time of year Mark can be seen wandering the vineyard early in the morning sampling off the vine, collecting samples of grapes, crushing them, tasting  and testing.

2022 – 20 Years of Making Wine

2022 is a big year for us. It will be the 20th year of Vintage for Vineyard 28. It all began with our 2002  Cabernet Sauvignon. Throughout vintage we will be sharing stories about our 20 years and reflecting on some of the special wines. Stay tuned.

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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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Christmas – On Sale Week at Vineyard 28

Jasper and Christmas TreeShop locally this Christmas with a great selection of Art, Crafts, Quilts, Table Runners and gift ideas here at Vineyard 28. Gift something handmade by local artisans from our region.

If craft isn’t the thing, don’t worry we’ll have our full range of wine available, and will also be able to offer gorgeous Christmas Wine bags for you to present them in as gifts.

All available at the cellar door commencing Friday 24th November through until Christmas Eve.

Cellar Door:  Open Daily 10am to 5pm

 

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Wine Equip Award for Best Sweet Table Wine – 2017 Moscato

Awarded at the 2017 Geographe and WA Alternative Varieties Wine Show.

Mark & Pippa were very excited to receive the Wine Equip Award for Best Sweet Table Wine for the 2017 Moscato at the recent 2017 Geographe and WA Alternative Varieties Wine Show. The award was presented at the Gala Dinner held at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre on Friday 22nd September.

The 2017 Moscato is an excellent example of this style of wine, and the first to be made from a blend of our fruit from both the Vineyard 28 and Wildwater sites.

With a touch of pink hues, this sweet and spritzy style is excellent as an aperitif or will be appreciated by those who like sweeter style wines.

Their 2017 Arneis and 2015 Nebbiolo were also awarded Silver Medals in their respective classes at this Wine Show. This is a second Silver Medal for the 2015 Nebbiolo, showcasing a broad range of recognition from wine judges across Australia.

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Unwined Subiaco

UnWined Subiaco is on again this year at Market Square Park, Subiaco on 28 & 29 October! UnWined is the only place to discover, taste and enjoy over 40 of Western Australia’s best boutique wine producers which is the largest showing of Western Australian wineries in the metro area. Tastings are available with your own souvenir glass, or you can purchase a glass of wine and sit back with friends or take home some of your favourites on the day!
As well on show will be some of WA’s greatest beer, cider and spirit producers to entice those who don’t just love wine. Perth’s best street food vendors will also be on hand to buy a meal or snack, there will be live music all day from local acts and complimentary access to the wine and cooking theatres. Grab one of the picnic blankets to enjoy a lazy afternoon on the lawn or upgrade and indulge yourself to the Club Lounge – a VIP marquee retreat with complimentary wine and food.

Vineyard 28 will return to Unwined in 2017 – providing our city customers with a great opportunity to come along , taste new wines and catch up with us.

Unwined Subiaco

Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October 2017
11.30am to 5.30pm
Roberts Road, Subiaco

More Info : www.wineandfood.com.au/unwinedsubiaco

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Artists in Residence

Vineyard 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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June Woolly Weekend

 

June Woolly Weekend

Vineyard 28 – Cellar Door – Saturday 3rd June to Monday 5th June
10am to 5pm each day.

A wonderful weekend to celebrate the start of winter here in WA. The Bunbury Creative Knitters will showcase all their beautiful handcrafts. Baby items, scarves, beanies, rugs, tea cosy and more. If it can be made in wool – then we may well have it being showcased.

There will be an impressive range of handcrafts – knitted, crocheted, rugs and more on the display table. You might find an item or two that will take your fancy. Or maybe, you’ll end up buying more!

Don’t forget to drop by at the Vineyard 28 – Cellar Door on Saturday 3rd June to Monday5th June from 10am to 5pm each day.

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