ABC – Anything but Chardonnay

 Why do we grow mostly Italian Varieties ?

Mark’s Answer: ABC – Anything But Chardonnay

Whenever Mark is asked why we grow Italians? His answer is often literally ‘ABC, anything but Chardonnay’ and not because he dislikes Chardonnay, far from it. There are some great Chardonnays out there to enjoy. Instead Mark enjoys the challenge of growing something different, producing unique wines and sharing them with those amongst you curious about wine.

There is something like 10,000 grape varieties in the world, 3,000 or so in Italy alone, and most people would only be able to name 5-6 at best.

30 years ago, you would find Mark & myself roaming the Victorian countryside looking for elusive, unique wines. This was a time when Brown Brothers and a few other smaller wineries were starting to experiment and beginning to plant lesser known varieties. It was these ventures that encouraged our curiosity about wine, beyond the world of Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet.

How did we stumble upon the Italians?

Early Vineyard
First Vine plantings

We were on holiday back visiting family in Western Australia 25 years ago, when we stumbled upon the Three Hills label produced by Erl Happ, and in particular a grape variety we’d never heard of – Nebbiolo. It was so different, sort of like Pinot to look at, but a different shade of red, and tannic and dry, with a rich palate. This led us on a journey to find out more about this grape and where it came from.

Move on a few years and we had decided to move back to the West from Melbourne, leaving behind the corporate world, and look to raise our then 18 month old Bailey with family around him. We had discussing the dream of having our own vineyard and making wine, and the move to the West made this a reality when we purchased our 10 acres on Bagieau Road, establishing Vineyard 28.

In all honesty, we didn’t know much about growing grapes. We knew lots about drinking wine and all the styles, and what it was like to be on the other side of the cellar door counter. In 1997 we started planning; we’d plant a vineyard first, sell fruit to make some money and then build a cellar door and make wine. The grape glut of the latter 90’s – early 2000’s squashed that idea fairly quickly. Selling grapes wasn’t going to be viable, so we revised our plans and dived in to winemaking and building a cellar door.

A few conversations with Erl on how Nebbiolo grew resulted in us planting our first block in 1999. From there on, as they say, it’s history. The love affair with Piedmontese varieties began and we  started investigating what other grapes we could grow from that region.

 

 

It was a lot of fun trying different wines, researching what could grow here and it still is today. Our vineyards doesn’t stand still. There are always new things to be learnt whether it is about the clone of a particular grape we are growing, the way we are making wine, or a shift to another variety that appeals more to the wine consumer. A great site we can recommend to learn more about lesser known grapes is Vinodiversity.

Present times

Vineyard 28 – today

Today we grow Arneis, Fiano, Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, Muscat Petit a Grains Rouge, Brachetto and Cabernet Sauvignon on our coastal property at Vineyard 28. In the hills above Harvey at the Wildwater Vineyard we grow, Pignoletto, Barbera, Montepulciano, Dolcetto and Muscat Petit a Grains Rouge.

2021 is our 24th year in the wine industry, from a very small beginning in 1997 – 11 years of making wine onsite, and 16 years for our Cellar Door operation. Each year  is an adventure as we’re never quite sure what the climate and elements have in store for us. We are now preparing to embark on our 2021 vintage journey – from picking the grapes to crafting the wine- and look forward to seeing our wines enjoyed by our loyal customers.

 

 

 

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Autumn New Wine Releases

Just as the weather begins to cool and we head into the Autumn months, we are ready to share our new wine releases – the latest vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon and Nebbiolo.

Cabernet & Nebbiolo - new wine releases

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is our usual fruit driven style. Lots of great berry fruit on the palate, luscious with a dry finish. $25.00 per bottle

The 2018 Nebbiolo is quite special this year. A slight change in winemaking practise, with 30% of the fruit undergoing wild ferment has added great depth to this wine. It was recently awarded 4 stars in the Winestate Italian/Spanish Tasting, of which the results can be seen in the March/April edition of the magazine.

As per the notes in the Winestate Magazine – “A bright nose of tar and rose petals with a well focussed longer vibrant palate of dried herbs, oak spices ad rose petals.”

$28.00 per bottle

We are looking forward to sharing these new wine releases at our Cellar Door, via our grazing and tasting experience, and also out and about as the opportunity arises.

We are planning to take them along to the Toast to the Coast Event being held at the Mindarie Marina on Saturday 4th April 2020.

The wines can also be ordered online via our website.

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Wine’d your way in Harvey

WA Day Long Weekend

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June 2019

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Nebbiolo + Antipasti morsels at Vineyard 28

Come and celebrate the start of Winter in Northern Italy
(well actually in the North of Harvey, here at Vineyard 28). 

  • Tempt your taste buds with small morsels matched with 5 vintages of Vineyard 28 Nebbiolo $10pp
  • Bookings appreciated. Groups larger than 6 persons will require a booking.
  • For more information please contact the cellar door on 9733 5605 or email wine@vineyard28.com.au
  • Cellar door open 10am – 5pm
  • In addition – range of other Vineyard28 wines available for tasting, locally produced patchwork quilts, handmade craft items, and art on display.

Sweet Treats at Harvey River Estate

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Winter is the perfect time to enjoy the smooth, lush, warming flavours of a fortified wine. Warm the cockles at Harvey River Estate and enjoy delicious handmade brownies with an aged fortified wine.

  • Choice of 50ml fortified wine (Tawny or Muscat), plus a chocolate brownie for $10.
  • Bookings not required, but appreciated for large groups.
  • For more information please contact the cellar door on 9729 2588 or email cellardoor@harveyriver.com.au
  • Cellar door open 10am – 4pm
  • In addition – Barista coffee and refreshments also available; climb the ‘The Big Orange’ by gold coin donation to Telethon; large range of giftware; full Harvey River Estate wine range also available for tasting.
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Vineyard 28 – Gourmet Escape Nov 18

MR Gourmet Escape LogoVineyard 28 will be at the Gourmet Village

Sat 16th and Sun 17th November 2018
11am to 6pm each day
Gourmet Village – Leeuwin Estate Winery, Caves Road.

 

At the heart of Margaret River Gourmet Escape is the must-see Gourmet Village. It’s a buzzing world of culinary excitement and the perfect opportunity to experience the delectable delights that Western Australia has to offer.

Held at the Leeuwin Estate Winery over 2 days, the Gourmet Village is where all the culinary stars come together. An action-packed weekend filled with cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, masterclasses, intimate Q&As and panel discussions. Catch them at the Chef’s Amphitheatre, wine and beer tastings and book signings throughout the weekend. Not to be missed are also the West Australian restaurants that showcase some of their signature dishes and all the local artisan producers, wineries and breweries.

Vineyard 28 will be joining other artisan producers at the Gourmet Village this year for the first time, sharing our unique selection of Italian variety wines ,

Arneis, Dolcetto, Moscato, and Nebbiolo.

Join us, along with other artisan wine producers in rubbing shoulders with chefs Matt Okine, Rick Stein, Nigella Lawson, and Monica Galetti, just to name a few.

Special Ticket Offer

As an exhibitor of Margaret River Gourmet Escape we are able to offer our customers 15% off gourmet village general entry tickets. To claim your discount enter the exclusive promotional password “GOURMET” when booking

Gourmet Village - Gourmet Escape
Photo By: Russell Ord Photography (www.russellordphoto.com )

 

Book Here : http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=MRGEGV18

(Please note this OFFER ENDS Midnight 15 November 2018)

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Unwined Subiaco – Wine Festival

unwined subiaco logoUNWINED SUBIACO

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
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2018 Geographe and WA Alternative Varieties Wine Show

Exciting Show Results at the Geographe & WA Alternative Varieties Wine Show.

Mark at Geographe and 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

Gold Medal

2018 Dolcetto

Mark, Vineyard 28 accepting the Award for Best Geographe Sweet Table Wine from Sponsor Laser Electrical. Geographe and WA Alternative Varieties Wine Show
Mark, Vineyard 28 accepting the Award for Best Geographe Sweet Table Wine from Sponsor Laser Electrical.

Bronze Medals

2018 Arneis, 2018 Dolcetto Freddo and 2017 Nebbiolo

 

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.

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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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2018 Harvey Harvest Festival

Harvey Harvest Festival LogoHarvey Mainstreet Logo 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

 

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Sunset Wine 2018

Sunset Wine
17 – 18 February 2018
2.00pm – 8.00pm
Brighton Reserve, Scarborough Beach
www.wineandfood.com.au/sunsetwine

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!

Tickets
General Admission
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

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