Making Wine & Produce
The vines today are well established and thriving, with approximately 300 Pinot and 300 Shiraz, and in a good year have yielded over 600 litres of Pinot and 300 litres of Shiraz. In the early stages the grapes where picked and transported to the vineyards of friends and added to, or made separately, at off site locations. A few years later, Tom & Deb complimented the Vineyard with the establishment of a small well-equipped winery on-site, then the fun began.
The Winery is neatly located under the main house next to a robust well insulated Cellar that comfortably holds around dozen bottles in temperature protected space. The Winery is small but well laid out with a sink and drainage area and adequate storage. Wine making equipment includes a de-stemmer/crusher, hydraulic press, a number of varying stainless steel and FlexiCube barrels, pump, bottle wash, corking machine and capper.
Making wine has become a ‘Wooreen’ inclusive activity with the many wonderful neighbours excited to be actively involved in the harvest, preparation and bottling of the Wine. Annually the team gathers to join the various working bees required to harvest and produce the wine and then stay on and enjoy the following social gathering over good food and wine to celebrate the achievement. One of the most enjoyable aspects is the ‘annual tasting and naming’ where everyone involved in the Vintage tastes the wine, provides comments and from this a Black Duck Farm label is developed. It is this inclusive approach that has endeared Tom and Deb, and Black Duck Farm to the Wooreen Community.