2019 NYE Bush Fire
On NYE 2019 at 4;30am , we were woken by RFS text messages warning us of fires approaching. In disbelief we hopped out of bed and started packing the essentials into our cars. We then spent the next few hours in the dark preparing the houses as best we could, and moving tractors and farm equipment to safer ground. By about 8;30am we could see the fire had reached our side of Black Range coming from the North, and was starting to enter our property. We evacuated to town.
The next 12 hours are a blur.
"Mountain View" vineyard, Rob and Heather's original vineyard planted in 1993, was nearly entirely burnt. Home to some of the best chardonnay vines in Australia, and other blocks of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Gamay and Merlot. Due to quick thinking in the early hours, the tractors and most of the farm/vineyard machinery were moved to Glenburnie and saved from the flames. The vineyard infrastructure has been burnt, posts, dripper lines and the vines we are unsure as to what percentage will survive.
"Glenburnie" vineyard, just 1km south, was mostly spared from damage. A few rows of Pinot Noir were singed and the fire front was stopped by fire fighters and neighbours on the boundary fence, just in time to save Glenburnie Cottage.
We are all safe, and still have our homes. It is still hard to fathom the amount of work that will need to be done to restore/rebuild the vineyard, but we live in an amazing community and have recieved a huge amount of support, so we know we will get it done.
We are already thinking of ways to diversify our business so we can survive the coming years while the vines recover.
Follow us on FB and Instagram to see how the rebuild unfolds...
Your support is greatly appreciated, so thank you to each and every one of you.
If you would like to support us, you can by heading to our shop and purchasing some wine online, or sponsoring a vineyard post! (to avoid shipping if not purchasing wine, please choose local delivery/pick up as the shipping method at check-out).
Or another option to help the community recover, would be book a few nights in Tumbarumba in our self contained cottage, and have a look around our little community - the new Rail trail should be open in April (not sure if has been affected by the fires as yet).
Thanks again and love to all from the Johansen family xx