THE month’s Wingham Farmers Market feature producers are Dale Bradshaw and Sooze Bosire of Old Inn Road Wine.
Dale and Sooze’s property is located near Bulahdelah. There they have a one hectare vineyard with 2500 vines, growing a mix of Verdelho, Chambousin and Dolcetto.
The venture started five years ago, and they are now in their second year of commercial production and have produced some beautiful wines courtesy of award-winning wine makers Nick Paterson and Matt Burton.
Dale says lots of people are surprised that grapes could be grown in Bulahdelah, and “the secret is to pick the variety (of grapes) that suit your area.” They have tried a different type of Verdelho grape, so people can expect a slightly different taste to other wines, and they assure us that thanks to the dry weather before Christmas the 2013 vintage will be great.
Old Inn Road Wines are truly boutique. Dale and Sooze proudly state their grapes are all handpicked, and the vines handpruned for the best results.
The grapes are whole bunch pressed to avoid bitter tasting phenolics, leaving a wine which lasts well but is best drunk fresh. They also boast environmental responsibility, and are looking at being fully biodynamic within the next three years.
They will have special light weight bottles for 2013 so they use less raw materials and less fuel for transport, the cartons are all recycled, and tasting cups are made of corn starch not plastic. Dale says he just loves the chorus of the frogs on their place!
The newly bottled 2013 vintage will be available at the next Wingham Farmers’ Market on May 4, and makes an excellent lunch wine.
Also at the market at Wingham Showground this Saturday yummy hot soup will be back at the community stall, and there will be a talk at 10am by Beren Williams.
Beren sells biochar generated from his property at Lansdowne.
Biochar is a relatively new and very interesting product, so come along to hear just how it benefits the soil, the environment and your veggie patch!
If you want to have a stall at the Wingham Farmers Market call Annette on 6550 7213.
Locally grown or made, spray-free products are preferred. For new stall holders the first market is free! More information at www.winghamfarmersmarket.org.au