In spite of all the current headwinds, locally (some on our doorstep), in our community and the planet, there is nothing quite like starting something new – in this case replacing some of the vines that we have lost over the past few years. Although there are many gaps in the vineyard, these vines are destined for large, open blocks in our port vineyard. Which means we will have a slightly easier time managing the young vines as they are trained up for the long term. Sadly after 26 years, the last 6 of which were fraught with hellish drought, it is with great excitement to now refill the blank spots with the same varieties; Tinta Barroca and Touriga Nacional! Photo’s show trenches laid out in the nursery block where we will keep the vines in ideal conditions (water and sunlight) whilst we prepare the planting holes and encounter some heavy obstacles in the process.