What has been happening?

Autumn 2015

May 17, 2015

There have been some big changes at Mrs Nicks over the past few weeks.We have enjoyed our gorgeous barn these past six years,being a part of so many weddings and special occasions.We have met such a lot of wonderful people,made some lifelong friendships with local families and hosted some very special events of our own.

The treasure,who is our darling Ruby rose,is about to turn 3.Her arrival into our family has brought more joy than I can express ,but not just for me and Nick but for our entire family-we are all besotted.

The barn for us was always a family business,a way to connect with our new community , a way for us to teach our children some important fundamentals and a way to be together. Now as our baby turns 3 and some of our older children have moved back to town to pursue study and work,we feel the pull to bring us all together again. For this reason we hand our beloved barn over to the very capable hands of Bernard and Rachael McCarthy.Salix Barn will be opening soon and we are all very excited.

I will still be involved in wine sales and the vineyard.

A big thankyou to everyone we have shared Mrs Nicks barn with ,it really has been such a pleasure for us all.Our beautiful tree of hearts is more soulful for all of the love shes witnessed and all the love to come will just make her tenure richer.

Our Family Christening

Feb 12, 2013

family christening

On Saturday the 26th of January we christened our littlest treasure,Ruby-Rose.We are very lucky to have a most special priest at the Greek church in Red Hill,Papa Lefteri,whose kindness shows in the creases around his eyes and his excitement over a large family , can only rival that of my adorable mother in law Penelope.I am blessed to have given my darling Nikos parents their first grandchild and their last grandchild -not a bad effort when there are 9 grandchildren in between. beautiful-baby

Our family and friends travelled from near and far.Our little girl was spoilt with love and kindness of which she gives back to us tenfold.

The tree of hearts,witness to so many special days was again an umbrella for us to gather beneath for a memorable snap shot in our family's history

Too marvelous for words

Dec 10, 2012

Spring did Sprung

Dec 10, 2012

Spring was a very busy time at the vineyard for both the fresh beginings of vines for  the new vintage and the hosting of many beautiful weddings and functions in Mrs Nicks barn.Its been a flurry of vintage lace ,tulle ,bunting,glorious flowers,childhood sweethearts and those with fresh beginnings.

We've had a Christening of the most gorgeous baby,festive parties for special work mates,intimate gatherings and milestone birthdays.Weve met and been part of the histories of some very lovely people and occasionally I get a call to let me in on glorious news that may see us hosting even more christenings!

We will soon be enjoying our own daughter Ruby-rose's christening in the barn as well as celebrating her first Christmas with all her adoring siblings.

2012 has been such a special year for not only our family but all those who have celebrated special days with us.

Mrs Nicks on facebook

Jun 7, 2012

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2011 in a bottle

Oct 27, 2011

The range of Mrs Nicks will be face forward this weekend.Pinot Gris bottled for the first time from our vines,the sauvignon Blanc seemed to agree with the season as its just tasting gorgeous,and look out for our ever popular Pinot Rose,the colour is just too special to put in green glass so shes out there in full blush for all the world to see.The only darling missing from the family is the newly named Three Mothers Merlot which wont get bottled until February 2012.One mother to nuture the vines,one mother to  guide that mother and another mother to nuture the wines-and wow is she doing a super job of that.We still have stock of the 2009 Merlot at cellar door,its such a pleasure to get so much positive feedback on the Merlot.Its rewarding knowing the work that it takes for me to nurture those 5 rows,one per child,and to see it translate perfectly into the bottle-a lot of heart and song goes into those vines,and if I keep those girls happy they will in turn look after me.

Mrs Nicks Organic Vineyard

Oct 7, 2011

Today Mrs Nicks added a new vineyard to the stable.A certified organic vineyard in Dromana.We are very proud of this new arm to the family business and look forward to the vintage of 2012.

Who is Mrs Nick

Sep 13, 2011

You may have noticed there are some changes going on at our vineyard.Its been a while coming but we have taken the step of giving our gorgeous home a name that reflects us.

Let me tell you a story of a little greek boy named nick ,a long journey by sea on a ship called the Patris ,his adoring parents Athanasios and Penelopi and baby sister Pascalia and a new chapter in their lives which began when they disembarked at Station Pier in Port Melbourne in 1967.Like most new migrants Mum and Dad spoke no english and through sheer hard work in very short time owned the local milk bar which back in the port in those days was a hub of the local community and what a community it was -but that is a story for another time.It wasnt long before young Nick-too small to reach the counter but with the aid of the sturdy milk crate got to know all the locals , everyone knew the chubby little greek kid at the local,and everyone knew his parents Mr Nick and Mrs nick.

In 2007 my husband Nick made a gift to me of 38 of the most precious acres .I thank Mr and Mrs Nick for that journey they took all those years ago.Now they have become my parents and I in turn have become Mrs Nick.

Our new logo was drawn by our youngest daughter Pascale and represents the full circle of our family,a cluster of grapes to represent each of us .

Come and meet the family on the weekends at our gorgous barn.

Family Harvest

May 20, 2011

Harvest 2011

May 5, 2011

Harvest is over! .A long season but that of a high maintenance beauty,a lot of work went into keeping her gorgeous this year and the results of all that effort will be rewarded.The bounty was simply beautiful.

On my journeys through the peninsula it was sad to see crops unnetted but the abundant rains and shallow promise of Summer dictated what many long timers declared was the trickiest seasons for decades.

My merlot was finally picked over Easter,the family were bouyed by an overdose of chocolate and kourabiedes and we banded together to pick Polly's Block.The fruit was delicious,the day a treat of sunshine,lunch was well earnt.As I write Im watching the leaves on the vines turn to butter,all golden,reminiscent of the buttercups of my childhood.The pinot vines above them are now looking all spindly having lost their leaves this week-the stuff of which wreaths shall be made.

Next task on that endless list of To Do's is pruning.Wont Barney have fun with all those new sticks!.

Christmas is upon us

Dec 18, 2010

One week until jolly St Nick pays us all a visit.This month has flown along at a scary pace.The school gates are now all closed ,the bus is in his bed ,no endless rounds of school lunches just days of grazing ahead of us.

My block of Merlot is looking mighty fine, all gorgeous green tendrils, little bunches of future lovliness.Ive been shoot thinning,wire lifting and bunch counting.I am now sporting a rather naughty vineyard tan.My son ,Onassi is quite justified in wagging his finger and having a laugh at my expense as I show off my very brown forearms(were rather an unattrtactive shade of red a week ago).Our adorable Barney has doubled in weight,we find ourselves exclaiming every day ,how on earth could we live without a dog.We are most grateful to our local vets who have been most kind to the scampish Jezza.One week left in his splint,yes we own the only cat who does not land on his feet.He fell from our "Miggy tree " in the front paddock -poor boy .

Polly's Block

Nov 10, 2010

This has now become Polly's Block,five luscious rows of merlot.I thought rather than just heres cheers every night to these hard working vines it was about time I got the boots on and starting nurturing babies that dont talk back[or chew up birkenstocks]There is much hilarity around the dinner table in the evenings of late when the children ask their father,"wheres Mum?,"to which the reply is now "shes doing her block."Im under the tutelage of our viticulturalist and enjoying what has become a tremendous learning curve .It makes that evening drop so much more pleasurable.

Meet Barney

Oct 26, 2010

Let me introduce you to our Barney.He has made the vineyard his new home. A gorgeous bundle of border collie who seems to be melting the hearts of not only the entire family but all our regular customers. Our daughter Pascale is in charge when it comes to all matters puppy but I'm sure if you see them together she will be more than happy to show off her new charge. Welcome Barney, now please stop herding the poor chooks!.

The Managerie

Oct 19, 2010

JezzaSince living on the vineyard we have begun to share our lives with a menagerie of beautiful animals both wild and tame.Here is our Jezza boy ,the vineyards resident cat .

In January 2008 we were adopted by Lucille the goose,she has been swanning about our lake ever since,mothering the ducklings and generally raising the tone of the wetlands.Only recently after a brief sojourn across the road on a neighbouring dam she returned home with Desi.An ardent admirer.He chases us with gusto as we drive out each morning and impresses her with his manly attentions.We are hoping Spring will perhaps bring joy to our Lucille.

Lucy and Desi ducks

Spring 2010

Oct 11, 2010

It may be the first week of October but finally we all feel that Spring is truly shining her warmth upon us.After suffering what felt like an extraordinarily long winter and I'm speaking to you as one who as a rule loves the autumnal shades of the greyer months, even I was known to gasp with delight when the sun beamed down on that great Saturday in September.Our gnarly vines are now bursting forth ,little green hands wave at me wherever I walk. I watch my eldest son begin to unfurl as well. The winter sticks, as he likes to call them, after those long months begin to wear his spirits down,I expect him now to bounce along with Spring.Vines and children all growing at a rapid pace.