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THE PROJECT

Australia’s first vineyard was planted on Macquarie Street in the centre of Sydney, over 230 years ago. And it wasn’t long before grapevines were growing across Sydney, from Parramatta, Petersham, St Marys, Gladesville and Glebe to North Sydney, Narrabeen, Camden and Minchinbury, all of which are now sadly history.

The Urban Vineyard Project is bringing grapevines back to their original Australian home – giving away thousands of Pinot Noir and Riesling grapevines around our city and turning the balconies, backyards and windowsills of Sydney into the world’s largest Urban Vineyard.

So join us, plant a vine and maybe, just maybe, in a couple of years you could have your own award winning vineyard…

MEET YOUR VINES

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is one of those grape varieties that many wine lovers can not get enough of. Perfumed and pretty this thin skinned red makes wines with aromas of wild strawberry and truffle with the best wines also showing some meaty, spicy complexity. Originally hailing from Eastern France, Pinot Noir is also one of the world’s great grape varieties and is used to make Champagne as well as elegant and delicious red wines from Tasmania, Southern Victoria and the deep South of Western Australia.

Riesling

You either get Riesling or you don’t. For lovers of great Riesling there is nothing better than kicking back with an ice cold, pale coloured, juicy little number from the Clare or Eden Valleys with aromas of lime and white flowers. Originally from Northern Europe, with Alsace in France and Germany the home to many great wines, Riesling has in the last 100 years made a home all around Australia.

GETTING DOWN & DIRTY

Tips for a successful vintage

TOP TIPS on how to care for your vine in the Summer heat!

Happy New Year from Urban Vineyard Project – we hope you and your vine had a fantastic festive season. Thanks for all the emails we’ve received about your vines. It is great to see some of the vines are just starting to sprout so if your vine is yet to bloom hang in there and don’t stop regularly watering it as there is a good chance that it will still come to life.

Today’s email is about the heat, which we have had plenty of in the last couple of weeks. Your hardwood grapevine cuttings are fairly delicate so you really need to take good care of them, especially on baking hot days when they will dehydrate very easily and in the worst cases die.

Firstly give the vines a good soaking before and after any hot days over 30 degrees Celsius. If possible move your vines to a shaded area, or even inside during peak heat periods. For those vines that have already sprouted your leaves may brown on the hottest of days but that is nothing to worry about unless all the leaves brown and then fall off which indicates significant heat stress.

But with the heat also comes some good news. The major danger to vine leaves and fruit is powdery and downy mildew. When your vine hits 33 degrees for an extended period of time or is directly exposed to UV light these fungi are destroyed. So heat also reduces the need to spray your vines, until the next significant rains.

If you have any questions or photos to share please send us an email or post on our Facebook or Instagram pages.

Cheers and happy vine growing,

The Urban Vineyard Project

The Urban Vineyard

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WANT TO GET INVOLVED?

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