Winter in the Swan Valley
Vines must be pruned during this time, ready for optimum spring growth. Most of the Swan Valley is hand-pruned by skilled vignerons or by skilled vineyard workers.
Spring… How Green is the Valley
The vineyard is in budburst and the Swan Valley is a picture of verdant spring growth. This is a time when vignerons are constantly tending their vines, training the young canes in the way that they should go. Spring is also the time when the white varieties of the previous Swan Valley harvest is released at cellar doors – it is like the French Beaujolais time of year for young wines.
Summer in the Valley – Vintage Begins!
In Summer, all the hard work of the year is realised. Harvesting the carefully grown fruit is usually done by hand. The exact timing of each session of fruit picking is carefully calculated, according to the temperatures of early summer and the beame (or sugar level) in the fruit. For premium conditions, grape picking begins at dawn and ends early on hot summer days in the Swan Valley.
Autumn – Maturing the Wines and Late Picking
The young wine from the summer harvest is by now maturing in the winery cellars while many Swan Valley winemakers are still hard at work in producing the late harvested fruit for the Swan Valley’s famous fortified wines. The end of another long hard vintage, and a time to celebrate.