There are 118,400 vines out there; it's almost 139 km to walk the rows, so it takes a keen team to make it all happen.
Gareth leads, with Annabel as lieutenant. Kyoko and Bruce keep the casual staff focused on daily tasks. Olivier and Zoe are new recruits to the vineyard crew and bring youthful passion to ask many questions and try to understand why Block 3 has a difference structure than Block 5. Gary grows the veg and tends to the many amenity areas that the four properties have. Danny raises (and kills) the goats and cattle, he also keeps us in plentiful supply of rabbits and hares. Nicci, well, what doesn't Nicci do? Each year the international brigade changes, with at least 7 or 8 countries represented. There always seems to be an American contingent, both sides of the 49th parallel, and sometimes some from the southern half of the continent. Germany and France are a given, and Asia is normally represented. Most of the team have already studied viticulture at a tertiary level, or have grown up on a family estate, learning on the job. With much of the vineyard work done by hand and every vine needing individual, careful attention, it is something of a labour of love, though it doesn't feel like it on a freezing morning with a block of vines to prune.
When Gareth did a summer tour of Europe's wine regions recently, he was able to meet up with over 30 alumni of the unofficial Felton Road biodynamic intern programme. A testament to the reach of our vines.