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PHOtO By TAMARA WEATHERBURN
wine; it’s just not worth it.”
But this year, the wine runeth over with
last year’s excellent vintage. Wine-making
families are racing against the clock, not only
harvesting for next year, but also getting their
showcases together for the festival.
It’s an opportunity to taste a diverse range
of varietals, as Canberra’s undulating altitudes
yields climates conducive to everything from
Shiraz to the Spanish variety of Tempranillo.
The latter is Tallagandra Hill’s latest project,
and Brad is crossing his fingers and toes that
he will have the resources to launch the very
first Tallagandra Hill Tempranillo vintage
(2010) in time for the festival.
“It all depends on whether we can book
the bottler in time,” he says.
All the stress and strain aside, it’s a point
of pleasure for this white-collar wine-maker
that Canberra is set to put on a showcase
that the region can be proud of.
“A couple of things remain true,” he says.
“You either have farming and rural pursuit
in your blood or you don’t. Some people
get into it some view of a romantic ideal of
owning a vineyard – it’s a lot of hard work.
But if you’re like me and others who have
rural life, farming, producing things like wine
and food – you’ll love it.”
a GraPe LIFe: Brad Schafferius and
his wife annemaree among the vines
of tallagandra Hill.
Canberra District Wine Harvest
Where: Various locations in
When: April 2-3
Phone: 1300 554 114
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