Learning about viticulture

Viticulture (from the Latin word for vine) is the science, production, and study of grapes. It deals with the series of events that occur in the vineyard. It is a branch of the science of horticulture.

First I had to actually look up what the word means. The culture of vines. I’m working for a mob called Pridham Viticulture picking grapes in McLaren Vale, South Australia.

I need a job before by full time 9-5er starts in a couple of weeks. I need the money, the stimulation and …. the money.

It’s killer on your back of course, but as a means of getting your body in shape, there’s nothing like several hours of back breaking work in the vineyards for a couple of weeks to get you to fighting weight.

FOR leading Australian winemaker Chester Osborn it’s the realisation of a 13-year dream, but for South Australia’s McLaren Vale wine region Chester’s Cube could bring tens if not hundreds of thousands more wine tourists to visit one of the world’s most unusual and dramatic cellar doors.
Australian winemaker Chester Osborn’s Cube

It’s not so bad, either. The other day we were picking at the nearly completed ‘cube’ building in a secret vineyard in McLaren Vale. And today we were picking the most expensive grapes in McLaren Vale… the coveted Grenache from the secret vineyard with the Horseshoe.

They’re the very best, most expensive grapes in South Australia. They come from a very cool vineyard in McLaren Vale. The vines are planted in a huge horseshoe shape to take best advantage of the natural amphitheatre topographic of the area. There are bunches of Grenache grapes weighing a kilo each ready to snip and dop in your bucket.