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Flyfaire's Spring Newsletter 2016

2016 NSW Small Winemakers Wine

Flyfaire has won bronze at the 2016 NSW Small Winemakers Wine Show held in Forbes, NSW. We entered our new line - Flyfaire 2016 Gold Chardonnay in the "CLASS 25 - Apera and Varietals or Blended Fortified Wine not covered by classes 26 or 27, Dry to Sweet" to win the bronze. 

We also entered a number of other vintages which also scored well, but missed out on gaining any medals - including Flyfaire 2016 Merlot Rouge and our Flyfaire 2015 Merlot & Chardonnay. The judges' comments were limited, but they did say that "most of the wines have flavour and freshness" in the Dry White Table for our 2015 chardonnay. We'll take what we can get we guess! 

We're a big supporter of the NSW Small Winemakers Wine Show. We've entered many of our wines these past few years and have received positive feedback for our wines. We'll definitely be back in 2017!


Big Rains are Good for Vines & for Summer Water Retention

 
 

We've all being talking lately of the big rains that we've been having and with the Hume Weir (Lake Hume) at 99.51% (11 Nov. 2016), it's understandable. 

For us at Flyfaire though, it's really good news as these early spring rains help our vines enormously. The rains for one help their spring growth after the winter dormant months. And, more importantly, they get them ready for the hot Aussie summer ahead by increasing water retention capacity. All good news to help us have a bummer 2017 crop!


The World Visits Flyfaire

With our recent sign on the Hume Hwy (M31), we have been receiving more and more international visitors. In response, we've put up a world map for when people enter. Visitors can place a pin to show where they're visiting from. 

So far, we've had visitors from (as shown in gallery above) Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Nepal, Canada, Kuwait, India - to name a few. It makes for interesting tales as we get to hear about people's travels and share stories with them. We're pretty sure our map will have a diverse set of locations shortly and all the better as we get to meet super interesting folks with great stories!


Backpackers Lodging

Running a vineyard is a lot of work - from picking, to pruning, to pressing, to bottling - there are so many tasks that have to be done. So, we often have to rely on getting outside help so that all these tasks can get done.

Given Australia's youth visa program that allows people to stay up to 2 years (they can stay an extra year on top of the first year so long as they spend 3 months or so working in a rural community), backpackers are often perfect candidates to help out as they are often looking for work in rural communities. 

Their contribution to rural and regional Australia cannot be understated as they often work in helping out businesses that can have difficulties in finding employees in these sometimes remote communities. 

The team at Flyfaire has being building backpacker lodging to enable us to better accommodate backpacker guests who want to stay and work at Flyfaire. We hope to have these lodgings finished shortly, as we've found that many backpackers don't have accommodation (and often isn't feasible for 3 months) easily available. We're looking forward to their valuable help and hosting them - as well as hearing about their often interesting travels and stories!

Visitors from Canada

Yan & Trevor, two international guests from Vancouver, Canada visiting Flyfaire 

Yan & Trevor, two international guests from Vancouver, Canada visiting Flyfaire 

Recently, Flyfaire had some more international visitors from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Yan and Trevor dropped in on a Saturday whilst passing through via the Hume Hwy M31 and seeing our brand new highway sign.

Flyfaire's new M31 Hume Hwy sign

Flyfaire's new M31 Hume Hwy sign

Yan & Trevor stopped for a break at Flyfaire on their way from Sydney to Melbourne, so Flyfaire was the perfect stop on their roadtrip.

Yan & Trevor picked-up a few bottles for the road as well to take home for Christmas in Vancouver. We look forward to seeing them again in the future!


Flyfaire Wines is located in the Woomargama National Park and we are close to the regional centres of Holbrook, Albury/Wodonga, Canberra, and Wagga Wagga. We produce quality cool climate wines and provide a premium cellar door & café experience.

Visit from Québec, Canada

 
Allison and Colin visit Flyfaire from Québec, Canada

Allison and Colin visit Flyfaire from Québec, Canada

Recently, Flyfaire had some international visitors from Montréal, Québec, Canada. Allison and Colin were visiting Australia for the first time this past September, 2015 and dropped into Flyfaire on their tour. 

On their visit, they enjoyed seeing all of the kangaroos, wombats, and Flyfaire's cattle. 

The food was great and the wine amaaazing....We saw tons of kangaroos, wombats and cows. It is definitely one of the highlights of our trip.
— Allison & Colin

Allison and Colin are considering moving to Australia for one year to live and work in the near future. We had fun hosting them and look forward to seeing them again in the near future.

Vintage 2015 - Sweet Riesling Grapes - Late Picked Riesling

Riesling Grapes - Weird and Wonderful Lighting Effects

Riesling Grapes - Weird and Wonderful Lighting Effects

In May 2015, we harvested our late picked Riesling. Promising to be a great addition to our expanding selection of wines, this wine will feature a very sweet and sticky approach. In order to maximise the sweetness of the wines, we waited for the first frost to pick our first crop of Sweet Riesling Grapes.

You may be familiar with Ice Wine, famously grown in Canada's Niagara-on-the-Lake Wine Region and this wine that we're trailing is a little bit similar in its preparation. Ice Wine concentrates the sugars as the sugars and other dissolved solids do not freeze, but the water does. This allows for a more concentrated grape which must to be pressed from the frozen grapes, resulting in a smaller amount of more concentrated, very sweet wine (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_wine).

In the first week of May, 2015, we had our first frost and therefore, our Sweet Riesling Grapes were ready for harvest. We are looking forward to the results to share with you!

Lastly, you might be wondering what's with the photos featured? Well, our winemaker was trailing different lighting effects on our Sweet Riesling Grapes. We think the grapes look pretty amazing using these lighting techniques. We'd love to know your thoughts on these photos, and our Sweet Riesling Wine, in the comments!

Riesling Grapes - Weird and Wonderful Lighting Effects

Riesling Grapes - Weird and Wonderful Lighting Effects

Flyfaire Wines is located in the Woomargama National Park and we are close to the regional centres of Holbrook, Albury/Wodonga, Canberra, and Wagga Wagga. We produce quality cool climate wines and provide a premium cellar door experience.