2018 has been an incredible year at Witches Falls and when we look back, we feel very humbled and can’t quite believe what we’ve managed to achieve.
In January we hosted our first ever Grape to Glass event which provided an insight into what we do and love. We set up four stations throughout the winery, each showcasing a different part of the wine making process. Guests also enjoyed a taster of the feature wine at each station as it’s thirsty work learning about wine making! The staff really enjoyed sharing their passion for wine and also treating our guests to a ‘behind the scenes’ experience.
Our 2018 vintage kicked off in February and carried through until early May. Vintage is a very busy and exciting time as grapes from Ballandean vineyards in the Granite Belt are picked in the afternoon and transported to the winery early in the morning. This sometimes happens at the last minute depending on the weather so it can be a mad rush one day then nothing the next. There is always a great vibe when vintage is in full swing.
In April the Gold Coast hosted the Commonwealth Games, and during that time, we were lucky enough to meet a few of the athletes who visited the winery after (and sometimes before) their event. It’s safe to say they love wine just as much as we do!
May is always a highlight of the year as we celebrate the end of vintage with our Wine Club Members and host a huge Members’ only event at the winery. Food trucks, live music, endless wine, dancing, good company and some very generous wine offers leaves everyone feeling very happy. May is also a busy bottling period for the winery department and in true winery fashion, we bottled the 2018 Granite Belt Sauvignon Blanc on the morning of Members’ Day so we could all enjoy the fruits of our labour. It was worth it, tasting our new vintage whilst celebrating with our lovely members and their friends.
June saw the publication of Eat Local; Food, Farming and Conservation in the Scenic Rim. We were honoured to be featured as one of the producers in the book. This led us into Eat Local Week where we participated and hosted several events featuring Witches Falls wines. We were honoured to have Josue Lopez, the head chef at Emporium Hotel in Brisbane, turn the winery into a mobile kitchen and prepare eight mouth-watering canapes using all local ingredients and paired them with eight Witches Falls wines. It was definitely a night to remember.
Eat Local Week continued into early July where we hosted another Grape to Glass event to celebrate and support the local producers in the Scenic Rim.
In August we received the ratings from James Halliday and we were delighted to hear we retained our 5 RED star rating for 2019 with the 2016 Prophecy Cabernet Sauvignon and 2016 Wild Ferment Viognier scoring 95 points. In the same month, GPS Rugby won the Hospital Cup. We celebrated their success and are very proud to be their official wine partner.
October saw us delaying our second Members’ Day of the year due to dangerous thunderstorms. Although one of the most stressful and nail-biting decisions we’ve had to make this year, it was the right one as the storm caused major flash flooding and dangerous conditions. We rescheduled to the following week and the day couldn’t have been better, with gorgeous sunshine and warm conditions. We also raised $399 for FareShare during Members’ Day by raffling off a very rare 2012 Prophecy Syrah Magnum valued at $210.
November has flown by and now Christmas is upon us. We’ve had a cracking year and are grateful to have been able to share moments of it with you. Thank you.
From all the team at Witches Falls, here’s to good health, good company and good wine in 2019!