Anderson Hill News

News and items of interest from Anderson Hill.

SEIKO the spirit of the forest

Clare Anderson - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Seiko discovered very early in her life that running with mountain bikes was a lot of fun! If you are a rider who visits Fox Creek Trails you will know our dog, she knows the tracks (and the short cuts!) better than any rider, can drink from a camel back, knows where all the puddles and dams are too cool off in and has won several endurance races! She also, sometimes hangs out at the cellar door with Ruby (our other kelpie x) patiently playing with the kids and waiting for the occasional pizza crust. But she is a spirit of the forest, a free spirit and a very special dog! We love her.

Ten things to do in the Adelaide Hills

Clare Anderson - Tuesday, April 12, 2016

1. Pick a Pink Lady Weekend - experience a real orchard and pick apples at Mahnew Orchards or Harris Orchards Lenswood 30th April & 1st May.

2. Adelaide Hills Sculpture Symposium - The Cedars, Hahndorf 4th to 25th April.

3. Gorge Wildlife Park - Cuddle a koala or feed the kangaroos, Cudlee Creek.

4. Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens - for awesome Autumn colour, Piccadilly.

5. Beerenberg - Pick your own strawberries & taste jams at Hahndorf.

6. Open Garden Scheme - Pomona Cottage, Stirling, 16th & 17th April, The Chestnuts, Crafers 23rd & 24th April, Glenalta, Stirling 24th April.

7. Steam Roller Park - Great playground, picnic in the bandstand, play in the Autumn leaves, Stirling.

8. The Big Rocking Horse - Climb the rocking horse, see the toy factory and visit the wildlife, Gumeracha.

9. Udder Delights Cheese Cellar - high teas, cheese tasting, fondues or cheese making classes, Hahndorf.

10. ... and of course visit Anderson Hill!!- Stunning views, walk through the vines, enjoy pizza, wine and craft beer.

Harvest 2016

Clare Anderson - Thursday, March 03, 2016
February! WOW! 
This is the earliest harvest we have ever seen at Anderson Hill. 2015 was middle of March and we thought that was early.
Extremely warm weather early in the summer pushed the fruit into early ripeness. The flavours are great and we are optimistic that the 2016 vintage will be a good one.
We hand-picked most of the fruit this year - taking about six days to complete picking, using 25-40 pickers each day.
This kept Ben very busy on the tractor collecting full bins of fruit and circling around the vineyard to drop off bins ready to be loaded onto the semi at the end of the day.Our grapes first headed to the cool room to chill right through before heading to the winery to be crushed. The machine harvester came in briefly for one night before moving to a nearby block.Living with each other during harvest is like walking on glass ( broken glass) !! Coordinating trucks, pickers, wineries, delivery times, bookings, trucks, pickers, trucks, tractors, pickers, forklifts, etc., etc. etc. is very stressful and it all must run like clockwork.Finally harvest 2016 is complete and we can breathe again..... now it's time to catch up on all the other jobs!!