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Is it your turn to live the dream?

Many of you have noticed the SnowDragon vineyard is for sale.  There is some confusion surrounding our plans, as expressed beautifully on Facebook by my Qld cous and web provider “wtf” ? So I’d like to give you the heads up.

The Bigwoods are entering Stage 2 of the SnowDragon journey.

With 5 vintages in the bag and 2 boys heading to high school we are winding back the grape growing and looking forward to a decade of academia, teenage adventures and wine sales (wait until you try the 2013 reds!).  SnowDragon Wines will continue to supply you with the good stuff for years to come yet.

We will miss the walks along Curlew Creek, the mushroom/fig/yabbie expeditions, kayaking on Dead Tree Dam, the swims at Emu Bay and the cup of tea I shared with the birds most mornings.  My hope is that we have instilled a lifelong love of nature and sense of connectedness into our children living this beautiful life.

Although we are not leaving Kangaroo Island for sometime yet, we hope that someone will grab the opportunity to make wines from this amazing little vineyard for another 25 years. Will you be the next young family to enjoy this special place as much as we have?

If you know anybody that might be interested, please tell them to contact SnowDragon Sue.

Four seasons in one day…

What a weird day on Kangaroo Island.  The view from my window is obscured by wind-driven rain and grey clouds, even though yesterday was all blue skies and core-warming sunshine.  The sad thing is that Channel 9 have chosen today to film, Natalie Gruzlewski’s “When Love Comes To Town”, in little ‘ol Kingscote this morning.  I think half the town has turned out to see who the lucky local boys are and chance their own luck at being an “extra”!

The brilliant thing is we completed yesterday, another perfectly timed spray to ward off any mildews enjoying this weather. Our weeders; my mower, Big-blue (the slasher), my lovely cows and Brian’s sheep cannot compete with the enormous amount of rain we have had this winter.  It is a great start to the growing season. Floraison in the vineyard is a picture with Cabernet in full flower and Shiraz just kicking off.  The air is full of blossom and insects.  The birds and kangaroos are taking full avantage of spring with grebe nests on the dams, turkey chicks in the vineyard, magpie and galah fledglings competing loudly for the microphone………..Well that was yesterday.  Today it is winter again!

Tune in for petiole sampling, SnowDragon style next week.

Ride the Dragon – Our unfolding adventure

Welcome Dragon lovers to the SnowDragon story.

At SnowDragon Wines we are doing so many things in and out of the vineyard that we want to share our journey with you, our customers.

Our interest in wine began very simply.  We love to drink. In particular we love to drink an enjoyable, intriguing or enchanting glass of wine or spirit as a part of our “live life to the full” lifestyle.  We think wine drinking is a sensory adventure, starting with the challenge and excitement of the choice in the cellar and compliments many occasions, such as

– the quiet contemplation of a glass while listening to music, creatively writing, reading blogs or doing BAS!

– or sharing with friends over a delicious meal, bubbling spa, game of cards (I always win!) or lounging in front of a warm crackling fire.

Wine enhances life.

I should just take a moment to say, of course, we do hold off until later in the day and have wine free days and a very healthy diet with lots of water and exercise, as you should, to truly enjoy life’s guilty pleasures – like wine, chocolate, cocktails, TV, salt and vinegar chips etc. It is about balance, surely?. 

So, with this passion and an opportunity to take on an amazing vineyard, with a Kangaroo Island address thrown in as a bonus, here we are.  Even though the previous owners included my Mum and Dad (wine and blood are thicker than water!) we are on many steep curves. The art and science of wine production is not a small business for the light hearted and it has turned out that fine wine is even sweeter when drunk after the years of blood, sweat and tears that go into growing, making and maturing it!

So, we figure, as you go on this journey with us – you too may appreciate your wine drinking obsession even more and perhaps think about things you have never before associated with fine red wines ……..Snow and Leafy SeaDragons.?!