The actual Vineyards are located on Lot 3. They were initially planted by the developers Bradcorp to comply with the development requirement for an agricultural concern. The cost of planting the vineyard was approximately $75,000.00 per hectare. Whilst the land remains the property of the Community, the Vineyards remain the property of Bradcorp by way of a perpetual contract. There is no ongoing cost for the lease and Bradcorp have the right to on-sell the vineyard rights if they choose. The land however always remains the property of the community. The land size of the vineyards is 18 Hectares.
Bradcorp currently contract the 'Len Evans Wine Company' to maintain the Vineyard. Mr Bruno Carmagnola is the Viticulturalist in charge. We are currently preparing a detailed profile on Bruno which should be completed soon, together with the 'cycle' of the chardonnay grape from flower to harvest.
Bradcorp pays for the operating of the vineyard and there are no direct costs incurred by residents.
The Vineyard is fully irrigated, with the grey water from the sewerage treatment plant being used for that purpose. Original sale contracts outline the obligation on the Estate to maintain the irrigation equipment. This is included in your annual fees and fully budgeted for.
The Wollondilly area remains prone to a fungus (Phylloxera) and as such is subject to strict disease control. The grapes can only be processed within the area and Bradcorp have chosen Vicary's winery at Luddenham to crush the grapes.
The wine can only be purchased via a pre-order and payment arrangement. You will be advised via the community newsletter when orders are being taken.
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