WA Wine on show…
Sat 27th and Sun 28th October
Market Square Park, Subiaco
1130am to 530pm each day
Come along and catch up with Pippa at one of Western Australia’s finest festivals in October. Vineyard 28 will be there with all our new releases, including the Gold Medal winning 2018 Dolcetto.
It’s a great day out providing an opportunity to not only catch up with us, but to also sample other WA wine, craft beer, cider and spirits. With 70+ companies from regions across our extraordinary state joining us, you have the chance to talk to winemakers and producers and taste our beautiful states produce you may not normally have access to.
Why not pack a picnic, or buy some food from one of the local Perth foodies that will be there. Find a patch of grass or make use of the many picnic blankets available and grab a glass of your favourite Vineyard 28 wine to enjoy.
Throughout the day you can listen to live music, sit in on a wine pairing session or wine appreciation seminar and buy some local produce and delicious tapas from Perth’s best foodies. No matter what you do, it all adds up to a delightful day where you can discover new and unusual wines, taste great food and enjoy indi tunes in a relaxing park setting in the heart of Subiaco.
Wine Theatre at Unwined Subiaco
Would you like to learn more about wine, then the daily activities at the Wine Theatre are for you.
At 12.00pm and 2.45pm wine and food pairings will be presented with the support of a local chef and sommelier at a cost of $20. The sessions will match the states fresh local produce with amazing WA wine.
At 1.30pm and 4.00pm hosted wine appreciation seminars are held with tastings and education of four wines at a cost of $10.
NOTE: Tickets for these classes are pre-purchase only.
More information about the event is available – HERE
Exciting Show Results at the Geographe & WA Alternative Varieties Wine Show.
Mark came away a very happy winemaker from this years Wine Show.
Best Geographe Sweet Table Wine (sponsored by Laser Electrical)
2018 Moscato Rosa
The Geographe and Alternative Varieties Wine Show was held over 4 days in Bunbury at the Regional Entertainment Centre, in the last week of September 2018. The team of judges was led by this years’ James Halliday Winemaker of the Year – Julian Langworthy. He was ably accompanied by well known WA wine industry identity, Erin Larkin and Brendan Carr, winemaker from Xanadu.
Over 180 wines were entered from across the Geographe Region for the regional awards, and included some great alternative varieties from across Western Australia for the alternative variety awards. Vineyard 28 was in good company.
The standards were high and Vineyard 28 were pleased to achieve the results we did with our wines.
Thanks must go to all the hardworking volunteers and the judges that make shows like this possible.
at the Vineyard 28 Cellar Door
Don’t miss this great opportunity to participate in our second wine tasting led by Mark…
BOOK TICKETS for Saturday HERE.
BOOK TICKETS for Sunday HERE.
Bookings are Essential – limited places.
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone – 08 9733 5605 Cellar Door between 10am and 5pm.
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.
Join 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.
Pippa – Patchwork and the Quilt Life
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?
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.
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?
Our 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.
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 winemaking 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 winemaking 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. It is a time of year that winemakers across the globe refer to – we are in the middle of vintage right now. Meaning we are harvesting grapes and starting on the winemaking process. We tend to consider vintage to be over once the last grapes are harvested. The winemaking process still continues through until the wine is in bottle.
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.
Cabernet Sauvignon and Nebbiolo are still on the vine ripening away. It is a combination of taste, seed ripeness, sugar levels and acid levels that determine when we will pick the grape. At 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.
We look forward to sharing the 2018 Vintage journey with you and bringing you some awesome wines in the future.
In 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.
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 recent 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.
Easter Weekend – Quilt Exhibition Vineyard 28
Saturday 31st March to Monday 2nd April 2018
Daily at the Cellar Door – 10am to 5pm
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.
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.