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February
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Vintage 2019 is underway

Posted: February 28, 2019 Category: Latest News Comment: 0

It has to be our favourite time of year - harvest! All that hard work looking after and tending to our precious vines all starts to pay off! Here's an update from our winemaker Nick Toy on how it is looking so far.

 

07
February
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Kate Miller Heidke LIVE at Feathertop

Posted: February 07, 2019 Category: Latest News Comment: 0

16th February Gates Open 3pm

Kate Miller-Heidke is an award-winning singer-songwriter and indie pop darling who will be coming to Feathertop to perform a special outdoor concert on Saturday, February 16, 2019.

Kate effortlessly traverses the worlds of contemporary pop, folk and opera. You won't want to miss the chance to see this talented performer play live in the picturesque surrounds of the Feathertop Winery estate.

Support Acts & Performance Times
Arrive early and check out local support acts Adam Lindsay and Danielle Murgida between 3:30pm - 5:30pm. Kate Miller- Heidke is on stage 6pm-7:30pm. Event concludes at 9pm.

Food, Food, Food!
Feathertop's Stone & Barrel Restaurant will offer local produce platters. There will also be outside food vendors cooking up a storm including Spirit of Java, An Choi Vietnamese and Bright Football and Netball Club roast beef and gravy, coleslaw rolls. Available from 4pm.
STRICTLY NO BYO FOOD

Porepunkah Pub Special Offer
The after party is @PunkaPub in the heart of Porepunkah. They'd like to offer all ticket holders a Special deal... Buy a main meal and receive a FREE schooner or local beer or a glass of Feathertop Wine. Show your ticket to redeem!

- NO BYO food or drinks. We will have plenty of local produce platters available. Wine, craft beer and local cider available at bar prices.
- Bus pick ups available from Myrtleford, Porepunkah and Bright.
- NO ATM but Eftpos available.
- BYO picnic rug/deck chair.
- This is a family friendly event. Children are welcome but must have a ticket for entry. Children under 3 are free.

31
January
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Elixr and Five Time ARIA Award winner Katie Noonan to Perform @ Feathertop Winery

Posted: January 31, 2019 Category: Latest News Comment: 0

TICKETS NOW ON SALE for multi-platinum selling and five-time ARIA award-winning singer and songwriter Katie Noonan. She returns with her ARIA Award winning jazz trio ‘Elixir’ featuring Zac Hurren – for a magical evening of music and poetry on Easter Saturday 20th April @ Feathertop Winery.

Elixir has enjoyed much success and great commendation along the way including: an ARIA Award (Best Jazz Album 2011), 13 weeks at #1 on the ARIA Jazz Chart, TV & Festival appearances. The trio exists to explore new musical opportunities and relationships and thrives in unusual collaborative environments. Elixir seeks to explore the relationship between text and sound and celebrate great Australian poetry. 

The concert will be performed in the winery’s “Vaults”, a subterranean concrete space that will be a unique setting to showcase a combination of poetry, angelic vocals and sublime improvisation. With some of Elixir’s previous catalogue and a few of their favourite songs by other artists, this promises to be a truly special evening. For more information on Katie please see www.katienoonan.com.

Join us to hear one of Australia’s most versatile and beloved vocalists, 8pm Easter Saturday 20 April, 2019 @ Feathertop Winery, 6619 Great Alpine Road, Porepunkah. General Admission $40 or $80 for Dinner & a Show tickets (includes a 2 course dinner and a glass of wine, 5:30pm – 7:30pm). Tickets are now available here.

23
December
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Summer 2018-2019 Newsletter

Posted: December 23, 2018 Category: Newsletters

Feathertop wines Kel Boynton 228 Pic Charlie BrownAs I enjoy the warm summer sunshine, I reflect back on what was one of the best springs I can remember.

Firstly, Jack Frost was kind to us here in Porepunkah but hit many vineyards as close as thirty kilometers away. It is such a nervous time of the year not really knowing if your area, or in particular, your vineyard is going to be slammed by a minus 3 or lower frost which will totally destroy all the Spring growth and subsequent crop. Our vines are looking fantastic with a good crop of fruit showing. Those tiny little bunches are about two weeks away from flowering and self fertilizing all individual berries which is the most vulnerable for botrytis infection. You see as the tiny berry flowers, it pushes off a little cap at the top, the stamen come out with a tiny puff of pollen, the ovary is open and hey presto, fertilization takes place. Nature at its best!

If botrytis spores are also present, they can enter the ovary and lay dormant inside the berry until the sugars start to increase some six weeks later. This is the critical time for us in the vineyard to make sure we get the correct fungicide on at the correct timing to prevent this from happening.

We have twenty varieties in the vineyard and each one flowers at a slightly different time. The spray program always seems to be total chaos for those couple of weeks but somehow we manage.

Back to early Spring. Bud burst was the latest experienced here at Feathertop. We put the date at second of October, while the latest date prior to this was 26th September. A late start but with the warm weather they have caught up and as I said looking fantastic.

Under Nick Toy’s directorship, Feathertop has very recently completed a massive bottling of 3500 dozen wines spread over many labels and varieties. The bottling truck with all the equipment arrives, backs in to our newly concreted piazza, runs out a wine hose and connects to the first tank of wine to be bottled. The new and sterile bottles are hand removed from a pallet and placed on a conveyor which moves them through a rinser, then a filler and labeler then down to the end of the truck where two people are working flat out placing them into our Feathertop boxes. The box then goes through a taping devise, down another conveyor and picked up by yet another team member and stacked on a pallet. We use the mobile bottlers because the alternative is to have a half million dollar bottling plant and housing sitting idle for forty plus weeks of the year.

19
December
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Summer Trading Information

Posted: December 19, 2018 Category: Latest News Comment: 0

CELLAR DOOR & PROVIDORE

OPEN 7 days 11am-5pm to Monday January 28
Australia Day Eve: Open 11am-5pm (Due to extreme heat we have cancelled dinner service but DANIELE MURGIDA will still perform LIVE at the POREPUNKAH PUB 5:30-8:30PM. Sorry for the inconvenience caused!)

STONE & BARREL RESTAURANT - LUNCH AVAILABLE 12-3PM
Open 7 days from Boxing day to Monday January 21
Closed Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd
Open Thursday 24th - Monday 28th January

Bookings are essential to avoid disappointment and can be done online or by phone 03 5756 2356

 

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