9.00am, Friday 22nd March
Balwyn Baptist Church, 517 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn (Melway 46 F8) to pool cars
At our February meeting, the Group set the agenda for 2019.
After a discussion, it was decided that, for the months of March, April and May, we will visit wineries for tastings and a light lunch. During the colder months of June, July and August, we will hold “home” meetings at the Church. With the arrival of spring, our outdoor activities will recommence, and suggestions for new places or functions are now needed.
The major discussion was Shiraz Republic’s “Rent-a-Row” facility located near Heathcote. This is a chance for Club members to be involved in the production of wine from picking the grapes, crushing, bottling, and designing the labels. Depending on the number of members who participate in the activity, the cost will be reasonable to very reasonable. More information will be supplied when we have the number of members signed up. At this stage, we expect to rent a row of vines for the 2020 vintage.
STOP PRESS: Following a phone conversation with Spencer Page at Shiraz Republic, he still has spaces available for the 2019 harvest, but we must pick no later than the end of March. He also said that four visits are needed to complete the process from picking to bottling over an eight-month period.
Our next event will be a visit to the Medhurst Winery in the Yarra Valley on Friday 22nd March. The tour will begin at the winery at 10.30am, so we will meet at the Balwyn Baptist Church, 517 Whitehorse Road Balwyn (Melway 46 F8) at 9.00am to pool cars and leave at 9.15am.
A light Mediterranean lunch will be provided with a cost of about $15 to $25 depending on your appetite.