The Tingha Plateau Bushfire stormed through the Topper’s Mountain vineyard in February leaving us with no harvest and killing 3,063 vines (18% of the vineyard). After extensive vineyard reworking from replacing kilometres of irrigation drip lines, removing the dead vines to the replacement of hundreds of burnt posts, we approached the last and most important chapter of the vineyard resurrection. The replanting job begun in December 2019 but once again nature wasn´t on our side. Precipitation in the last six months of 2019 was 80% below long-term average which means new baby vines had extremely hard conditions from the start.
It appeared that the toughest little vines were in rows of Nebbiolo, Tempranillo and Gewürztraminer where seven or eight out of ten made it through the dry months. Tannat and Manseng, on the other hand, had unfortunately much less survivors. All in all, only half of the newly planted baby vines survived the summer which means we are currently doing another massive replatnting job.
The My Vine Club is a chance for our supporters to help in the resurrection of the vineyard by investing in and nurturing the growth of a baby vine. There are three thousand baby vines looking for their new, supportive parents. We’re sure you will find it an interesting and satisfying experience.
By adopting your baby vine for a one off cost of $300 you’ll not only support the resurrection of the Topper’s Mountain vineyard but as ‘parent’ you will receive a Certificate of Adoption with the specific address of your baby vine. We will inform you twice a year on the development of your baby, its growth and of course, the parents will always be welcome to visit their baby in the vineyard. In addition, there will be a special My Vine event each year and lucky ‘parents’ will have the opportunity to buy wine of the same variety for a very special price.
The baby vines up for adoption are some of Topper’s most iconic rare varieties, these include; Gewurztraminer, Petit Manseng, Nebbiolo, Tannat and Tempranillo.