Regie Mangel-Lewis, Louise Rose and Catherine Nankavill harvest the grapes at Bargara. SUBMITTED PHOTOS
Regie Mangel-Lewis, Louise Rose and Catherine Nankavill harvest the grapes at Bargara. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

A grape time had by all

THERE was no ‘wining’ from the 17 eager volunteers who flocked to Brierley Winery to help harvest the grape crop recently.

Owners Sue and Tony Brierley were thrilled to have family, friends and customers to help.

Mrs Brierley said the picking only took about three hours this year after birds caused damage to the crop.

“The birds ate around half of our crop,” she said.

“It happened to a lot of other people as well. It has been so dry that the birds came and ate them green. We were lucky to get what we did though.”

Mrs Brierley said this year’s crop would be made into a rosé.

“We haven’t made a rosé since 2005, but it is better suited to Queensland because it is lighter,” she said.

“It should be ready to drink in May.”

Mrs Brierley said the grapes were perfect.

“They were in such a beautiful condition,” she said.

“They will make a perfect wine.”

Following the picking, the harvesters were treated to a lunch by the grateful owners, accompanied by plenty of wine.

“They were a really great picking crew,” Mrs Brierley said.

“We hope to see them back.”



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