After the strong gale-force winds we experienced during vintage, health net removal was done in less than two days immediately following vintage. In contrast, site the weather conditions were ideal: sun, about it calm and beautiful! Getting nets off the vines, which is all done by hand and household brooms (we broke four of them!), is best done in nil wind conditions, as once the nets are released from the cables holding them down they intend to fly!
The nets are lifted off the rows of vines, laid in a lane and then wound onto rollers by hand. Our team: gardeners Tom and Ally and friend Lindsay worked like one-armed paper hangers to get the job done in 14 working hours. Magnificent!
Ally Jensen in a rare idle moment!
About Rusty Cook
Born Bushey Herts UK in 1945. Migrated to Australia 1949. Schooled in Launceston Tas. Served in the RAAF 1963-1986 initially as an instrument mechanic, graduating from 64 pilots course in 1968. Service in Vietnam 1971. Graduate: Navy Staff College in 1984. Retired as Wing Commander 1986. Graduate: Charles Sturt University 1987 with BAppSc (Wine Science). A decade of wine politics 1987 - 2007 including state president (Tas) and national vice-president of the Winemakers Federation of Australia. State services member: Veterans Review Board 1991 - 2015 and chairman of Life Education Tasmania Inc 2007 - 2013. Passionate about wine; keen trekker in PNG; military history.