Vintage 2015

On the Road with Nana | Enjoying a Break from Pruning

Nana, having a break from pruning and enjoying a hot cuppa

Nana, having a break from pruning and enjoying a hot cuppa

Each time you see Nana (in On the Road with Nana), she always seems to be enjoying a cuppa and taking a break!

We're kidding of course, Nana had been helping out with this year's 2015 winter pruning and was well deserving of some afternoon tea - especially after being in the cold. Nana enjoys a good strong black tea, no sugar or milk and very hot (well boiling would be more accurate). Afternoon tea wouldn't be complete without scones of course too.

Most of our regular guests would know Nana who enjoys being at the Cellar Door most Saturdays to meet and greet our visitors. Makes sure to say hi to Nana next time you're visiting our Cellar Door & Café!


About On the Road with Nana

You may have seen our Nana, June Cox, on Facebook whipping up a fabulous cake or in the vineyard picking the latest vintage.  With over 90 years of age, this is no mean feat.  

So, in appreciation for all of her help, we thought we would do a mini blog of what Nana is up to in the vineyard and the Cellar Door & Café.


Newsletter - Winter 2015

Welcome to Flyfaire's seasonal newsletter. A special welcome also to our new newsletter sign-ups.

This newsletter we cover: Fireside Poetry event for a special bush poet - Billy Wye, the competitions we've been rushing about entering into, our new children's playground and family facilities, our newest suppliers, and our new conference room and private dining area.

We hope you enjoy this edition and please leave your comments on our online version.

The team at Flyfaire.


Fireside Poetry Event

This coming Saturday, the 4th of July, 2015 at 12pm - Flyfaire is presenting a wonderful afternoon of Fireside Poetry. The evening will be presented by Dianne Carroll, the author of 'Billy Wye - He was forgotten' and Michael Elvins, 2GHR 96.7 Community Radio Station presenter.

Lunch will be served at the event from 12pm to 2pm. Events will be presented throughout the afternoon by Dianne and Michael. A recent update is that there will also be live music and recitals by Bruce Clark and Maurice Judge to add to the excitement.

Contact us at info@flyfaire.com or 02 6020 5264. Read more.

 

 

Billy Wye Poetry Event

Billy Wye Poetry Event


Competition Update

Recently, the folks at Flyfaire have been very busy entering a few competitions here and there. The following is a summary of what we've been up to:

Wish us luck as we attend the finals! We will post the results of all of the above in our blog on our website and Facebook where you can post your comments.

Les and Julianne at the Albury Northside Chamber of Commerce Awards

Les and Julianne at the Albury Northside Chamber of Commerce Awards


New Children's Playground at Flyfaire

You might have seen late last year that we had recently begun construction of our new playground (think Les and Jarryd with the High-Vis gear on the playground). The great news is that we have officially finished our newest addition to Flyfaire and it has been very popular with visiting families.

Having a 'Kid Friendly Winery' is true to our mission of having a great cellar door experience that enhances the local community and what better way than to ensure all ages are entertained when they visit Flyfaire!

For visiting families, we also offer inside the Cellar Door, we offer a baby toy box and also a children's menu to ensure all ages can enjoy something to eat or drink when visiting. Don't forget the very important problems that have been solved with pram access all on one level, baby changing facilities, choice of a quiet room or family area for breast feeding, and children's high chairs. Read more.

New Children's Playground at Flyfaire Wines

New Children's Playground at Flyfaire Wines


New Suppliers Nord Organic Bakery and Brother's Cup Coffee

We recently introduced two new suppliers at Flyfaire including:

  • Nord Organic Bakery located at 499 Ebden St. in South Albury. Baking authentic European breads and pastries using organic flour, filtered water and real butter. Read more.

  • Brother's Cup Coffee Indian Tiger Mountain A-Grade Coffee sweet in flavours with malt upfront, some orange acidity, a soft body and a bitter sweet chocolate / hazelnut finish. For each bag purchased, they donate US$1 towards the conservation and research of Indian Tigers in India. Read more.

Come our and enjoy our newest suppliers today.

Read more about sustainability.

Nord Bakery

Nord Bakery


New Conference Room Facilities and Private Dining Area

We're proud to now offer the newest feature at our Cellar Door - a private Conference Room for corporate and private events. 

The private conference room is not only great for corporate events, but also for private events such as small birthday parties, celebrations, Christmas functions, or even private dinners. These events, when booked in advance, offer a custom menu experience that is tailored to the customer's needs. The room can host between 8-10 people comfortably. Read more.

 

New Conference Room

New Conference Room


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.

Sweet Riesling Cake - Left Over Riesling Grapes

Our Cattle enjoying the left over Sweet Riesling Cake

Our Cattle enjoying the left over Sweet Riesling Cake

You may remember our Grape Marc post from a while ago, where we talked about feeding our sweet Riesling cake to our cattle. It is the left over Riesling grapes after processing / pressing.

The photo above is our cattle practically running to eat the Riesling cake. They love it! 

'Grape marc' or 'pomace' is the solid remains of grapes after pressing for the wine juice. It contains the skins, pulp, seeds, and stems of the grapes (Wikipedia - Grape Marc). Whilst to most vineyards this is simply waste after processing the juice, we have found it is extremely nutritious for our cattle.

Tell us if you have had any experience with using Grape Marc or Pomace? We love to get your comments!

Feeding out the Sweet Riesling Cake or Grape Marc

Feeding out the Sweet Riesling Cake or Grape Marc

Autumn 2015 Newsletter

 
Les, our winemaker and Julianne, our Business Director

Les, our winemaker and Julianne, our Business Director

Welcome to Flyfaire's seasonal newsletter. A special welcome also to our new newsletter sign-ups.

A lot has been going on since we last spoke! Some of you might have seen on our Facebook that we are launching a newly revised website. We hope that it will make your interaction with Flyfaire online an even more simpler and richer experience allowing to you connect with us and find out what you want about us.

We were awarded a medal for our now "Sold Out" 2013 Flyfaire Merlot at the NSW Small Winemakers Show - which we were awestruck by.

We have had an up and down vintage - certainly making for an interesting 2015 vintage (separate post here). 

We hope you enjoy this newsletter - it is certainly jam packed.

The team at Flyfaire.


New Look www.flyfaire.com Website coming this Week

As mentioned above, we are launching a new look www.flyfaire.com this week. The newly revised website has changed significantly from the current one and it may be a little bit of a shock when you first log-on. However, it will be a simpler website experience with focus on what you visit us for! Improvements and changes include:

  • The home page now contains the most important information that you need to access including:
    • Who we are & social media access buttons ; 
    • Slideshow for access to explore our wines, access to our blog, our café, and itineraries
    • Menu & Drinks - many of you requested our menu to be our website and we've listened by providing your favourite dishes as well as our drinks menu ; 
    • Our Contact Information.
  • Our blog has combined numerous pages including our blog posts, newsletters, press, events, and much more. Our blog experience is now a much richer experience.
  • You can learn all about us on new page about Our Team & Our Story.
  • We have a newly developed page on Sustainability which explains all of the ways that we helping to reduce our impact to mother earth.

You can always see a summary of our pages be clicking on the 3-Line Navicon (yes that is a technical name) in the top-left corner.

 
 

We hope that our new website experience is a simpler and easier process for you to connect with us by providing the content you want!

We expect our new website to be up and running by next weekend (28-29 of March) - but we will email you to let you know that the changeover has occurred. We hope that there is minimal impact to availability of our website and email - however there could be a small amount of downtime during this transition. Please bear with us if you cannot access our services. We are always available on (02) 6020 5264 if you need to contact us!

**Please note: Following the transition to our new website, previous links provided in previous newsletters will no longer work. All newsletters will be available in our blog. And www.flyfaire.com will continue to work as normal.


Flyfaire 2013 Merlot Wins Award at the NSW Small Winemakers Show

We are very proud to annouce that last year we won our first medal which was awarded to our 2013 Merlot in the New South Wales Small Winemakers Show for 2014 held in Forbes, NSW.

We were overjoyed to achieve this recognition with it being the first time we have ever entered our Merlot in a competition. We have now sold out of this vintage, but we are looking forward to achieving further results with the 2014 vintage yet to be released.


2015 Vintage Update

FlyfaireWines Marty Visits Flyfaire

Excerpts from 2015 vintage blog post:

The growing season started with a repetition of last year with frosts for the first few weeks in October, 2014. This presented a good opportunity to test the frost heater installed last year. Protecting the young shoots is critical at this time because any damage to a new shoot will result in the year’s crop being wiped out.

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The season threw more challenges with stormy and humid weather as well as large temperature swings of over 20°C differentials during a 24 hour period. Tropical like fogs descended upon Flyfaire followed by the more traditional dry spells requiring irrigation of the vines.

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This season saw our first crop of grapes from the new "Don Pepe Carménère Block". How exciting to harvest a grape variety predominately grown in Chile. A small batch of 40 litres is now fermenting under the watchful eye of the  winemaker, Les.

Read more here

Vintage 2015

 
Marty Yates visits Flyfaire from New Zealand

Marty Yates visits Flyfaire from New Zealand

The growing season started with a repetition of last year with frosts for the first few weeks in October, 2014. This presented a good opportunity to test the frost heater installed last year. Protecting the young shoots is critical at this time because any damage to a new shoot will result in the year’s crop being wiped out.

In November, 2014 Dr Graham Robertson from the Australian Antarctic Division; Hobart, Australia, arrived to spend a few days with us and just in time to help out with the planting of the last 2 rows of Carménère, to finish the block started in 2013.

Later in November, Bron and Marty Yates, friends of Les' from university days, spent a week with us, and again, just in time, to help with planting replacement Chardonnay vines. It’s wonderful to have friends that love to get their hands dirty. It seems that everyone that visits gets a job in the vineyard!

The season threw more challenges with stormy and humid weather as well as large temperature swings of over 20°C differentials during a 24 hour period. Tropical like fogs descended upon Flyfaire followed by the more traditional dry spells requiring irrigation of the vines.

The sulphur and copper organic sprays were applied early to the vineyard and maintained control of the mould for a short period. Outbreaks still occurred which were difficult to control. The leaf growth and fruit load on all varieties were outstanding, perhaps in part a result of the organic fertiliser applied (chicken manure) in 2012 followed by an application of prilled hydrated lime in 2013, all reaching deep into the root zone by 2015.

This season saw our first crop of grapes from the new "Don Pepe Carménère Block". How exciting to harvest a grape variety predominately grown in Chile. A small batch of 40 litres is now fermenting under the watchful eye of the  winemaker, Les.

On other news, last year we won our first medal awarded to our 2013 Merlot in the New South Wales Small Winemakers Show. We were overjoyed to achieve this recognition with it being the first time we have entered our Merlot in a competition. We have now sold out of this vintage, but we are looking forward to achieving further results with the 2014 vintage yet to be released.

 

This year’s picking has come 3 weeks early.  We are currently busy with a bumper crop (the best ever). The season tended to cause erratic Veraison which was difficult to predict, but flavours in all of the varieties are intense.

To add excitement to the harvest, NSW National Parks has done an early fuel reduction burn of the Woomargama National Park on the Tunnel Road on the 10th March, 2015 just opposite our vineyard.  We managed to harvest half the Merlot crop before smoke settled in. The other half may be affected by smoke taint, only after ferment will we know. We have survived two other fires in December, 2014 started by lightning.  The sound of the helicopter water bombers is becoming all too familiar.