The summer heat at Catherine Vale sees growth and development continue apace. Verasion sees the grapes begin to ripen and change colour and before we know it we are measuring sugar levels and sending samples to the winery for assessment. As soon as we have the optimum balance of sugar, pH and acid in each…

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Spring This is the season at Catherine Vale when the vines come to life again and the cycle of growth begins. We see the buds become woolly, then burst into green, and shoots soon appear. A clean, even bud burst is the optimum and a preventative spray will ensure any mites or disease spores which…

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Pruning is an old ‘art’ dating back to Roman times. Pruning is the method used by most vineyard owners to establish the vines capacity for the next growing season by presenting the vine in the most workable position for the new season’s growth. This is done during the dormant period of the vine which is…

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This is a time for maintenance, catch up and even some rest. If we can afford a vacation this is the time to go. The leaves turn red and brown and we await their falling off and the vines going into dormancy. The enormous task of pruning is close at hand.

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Catherine Vale is working with the Hunter Valley Wine Industry Association to improve our vineyard environmental management and that of the rest of the 100 acre property. This has involved workshops with e-par a company working with many industries on a worldwide basis to improve a company’s capability to monitor and improve management practices. In…

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Original plantings at Catherine Vale in 1993 were the traditional Hunter varieties of Semillon and Chardonnay. Semillon was one of the original plantings in the Hunter and may have come with early settlers from stock picked up in South Africa en route to Sydney Cove. Early growers knew the variety as Shepherds Riesling and this…

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Early days at Catherine Vale saw customers saying “your whites are lovely but where are your reds?” This led to our decision in 1998 to plant red varieties but we sought a point of difference by researching the alternative Italian varieties Dolcetto and Barbera. These have proved welcome additions to our range. Dolcetto known as…

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