On the 24th of July Yealands welcomed the first of the miniature kuni kuni piglets for the season; we currently have over 40 piglets and another 10 sows due to give birth any day! Emily, our Communications & Events Manager shot this cute video of the new arrivals.
On the Yealands Estate Vineyard, we are in the process of building a prototype biochar unit for making biochar from grape prunings. Biochar is a carbon based product derived from heating organic material in the absence of oxygen, the gases given off are burnt for heat and carbon remains.
We the ‘Large business leadership’ award at the Ministry for the Environment Green Ribbon Awards - an awards ceremony at the Parliament Buildings, Wellington. We were one of 11 winners and the only wine producer to receive an award.
Well it’s that time of the year again, the hectic period of harvest is over and it is time to reflect, go on holiday or simply to catch up on life away from the vineyards & winery. For me it’s time to thank all those at Yealands who have contributed to a fantastic harvest, they don’t come any better than this one, well not since I’ve been involved in wine anyway.
The first grapes came in on 2nd April, and to date we are approximately 45% of our way through vintage 2013, and boy is Gareth our vineyard Manager pleased! Perfect conditions for harvesting, we couldn't be any happier.