by R Rebekah Wilson
For those of you who don’t know us, we are a small (perhaps tiny!) Bickley Valley vineyard/winery/restaurant in the Perth Hills Wine Region. We are blessed to be a part of a community that is both welcoming and supportive.
Since the recent restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, our industry has been decimated. There is an assumption that winery folk are upwardly mobile and dabbling in vineyards for fun. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Our vineyard, business, and home are all on the one property, so we literally have EVERYTHING on the line. Making wine on the scale we do cannot support a family and we work other jobs to make things work.
The timing of the virus spread has left us in a precarious situation. We have no other income from the property, and there is a chain of folks that now rely on the wine-making process to pay their bills (us included!).
Enough doom and gloom 🙂
V2020 was shaping up to be a ripper. We experienced hot and dry conditions throughout the growing season, and the blossoms were out in abundance which meant we had no bird damage to the vineyard for the first time in years. Yields were down across the region, but the fruit was amazing. It would be a tragedy for this not to make it onto tables around Australia.
Did we mention that our vineyard is tiny? We have 1.5 acres of vines! We need $10,000 to get V2020 bottling started and we’re prepared to do what we can to make it work. Anything over and above this, will go towards finishing our current vintage of red wines so that perhaps we can offer these in 2021 when they are ready. Other than ourselves, this has knock on effects on our suppliers.These people, just like us, are families who are just trying to survive in an industry that potentially could never recover.
Our two most popular table wines are our Pinot Noir Rose (Rusty Pony – dry and French in style), and our Semillon Sauvignon blend (Mr Posy – a classic white with tropical notes). Easy drinking, every day wine. Wine for the people! We propose offering half dozens of these at significant discounts for a commitment to support us. With your commitment to buy, we can lock in the vintage, and all those cogs in the system will get a little income that will help them, in some small way, to get through this.
We’ve picked these particular wines as they are close to being finished. We won’t string you out waiting for a return on investment.
But I don’t drink rose or white, where’s the red?
The problem with red wines, is that they take a long time to get from the vine to the table, and it doesn’t sit comfortably with us to take your money without giving you anything in return. But fear not! We have a plan. We have our whole 2018 Shiraz vintage yet to be released. It’s currently in storage, biding its time, getting better and better. We’ve decided to offer this also as a means to providing a red option, without the wait. Obviously, with the involvement of oak barrels, and additional time, this will be a little more expensive but oh so worth it.
We want to assure you, the numbers we’re chasing aren’t pie in the sky. If we don’t hit them, we go to plan B (although we’re not sure what that will be), but if we hit our target, the wines will be made, the end product will be delivered, and you will have kept this little winery, and its suppliers, alive through this difficult time.
But I can buy cheaper wines from the supermarket!
We know, and we get it. When we make wines on the scale that we do, we can’t compete on price alone. What we can guarantee is that you’re getting a wine that’s honest, made with minimal intervention, and made with love. We are a boutique vineyard in a growing wine region and we reckon we’re worth it!
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