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.
2018 Harvey Harvest Festival
Sunday 18th March
Snells Park, Harvey
FREE ENTRY – 9 am to 4pm
Experience the atmosphere of Italy at the 2018 LiveLighter Harvey Harvest Festival. Vineyard 28 will be there with full range of wines, including our Italian Varieties – Arneis, Moscato, Dolcetto and Nebbiolo. We will be accompanied by other local Geographe – Harvey Wine producers offering our local product for tasting and sales.
Set in the picturesque gardens of Snell Park, Harvey, the Festival offers a feast for the senses with arts, culture, food, wine and markets. Keep the kids occupied with rides, street theatre, fairy workshops and an animal petting farm.
The annual WA LiveLighter Grape Stomp championships will be on again, offering opportunities for children and adults alike to compete, stomping the grapes. Entry is on the day for this competition.
The festival will be located in the picturesque gardens of Snell’s Park, and along Hayward Street, and spill over into the Piazza in our local town of Harvey. Its a great day out for families to come along and experience all we have to offer. Musical entertainment will be offered all day on both the mainstage in Snell’s Park and in the Piazza.
The festival also coincides with the Harvey District Creative Arts Centre’s Biennial Quilt and Craft Exhibition. The local group will have a fabulous array of quilts and crafts on display in the “Old Catholic Church” on the corner of Young and Gibbs Street . More information about this is available on their facebook page – Quilt Exhibition Info
2018 is the 20th Anniversay of the Harvey Harvest Festival, so there will be lots of special happenings to celebrate this milestone.
For all the up to date information on the Harvey Harvest Festival, pop over to their website – Harvey Fest
17 – 18 February 2018
2.00pm – 8.00pm
Brighton Reserve, Scarborough Beach
Enjoying an iconic WA sunset while tasting fantastic Western Australian wine, craft beers, ciders and spirits could not get better! Add in some gourmet food, live music and good friends and you will have the recipe for one of summer’s best boutique events – Sunset Wine, at Brighton Reserve in Scarborough.
Mark & Pippa are looking forward to bringing you their newest release 2017 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, along with their Italian range to Brighton Reserve, Scarborough. This is a great opportunity to catch up with us in Perth before we get well into Vintage down south. Bring along some friends, share our wines, catch up on all our news and restock your Vineyard 28 favourites.
There’s going to be a great range of local WA wines to try, or you can purchase a glass to enjoy at the event or take home something from us at Vineyard 28 to share later. A wine locker will be on site to store your purchases on the day or alternatively just place an order with us for your favourites and we’ll take care of delivery for you after the event.
You’ll be able to relax overlooking the ocean on the Sunset Balcony or grab a glass of your favourite wine from us and sit back on the grass slopes listening to local Indi musicians.
Tickets are now available online so be sure to get in early and get the discounted pre-purchase. We would love to see you there!
Pre Purchase: $26.00 | At the Gate: $30.00
Plumm Tasting Ticket
Pre Purchase: $36.00 | At the Gate: $40.00
All ticket prices include booking fee
Children under 18 are free, with a guardian
Purchase Tickets Here
More information about the event is available at the Wine and Food WA Website – Click Here
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/
Wishing everyone a joyous, festive and safe Christmas Season with family and friends.
CHRISTMAS HOURS at the CELLAR DOOR
Closed – Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day
Open – 27th December to 31st December – Daily -1oam to 5pm
Best wishes for the season,
Pippa and Mark.
Shop 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
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.