Fine wine of­fer

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Free to a good owner: 500 bot­tles of wine. The catch? You’ll have to make the wine your­self.

Judge­ford man Terry Do­ran is seek­ing some­body to tend to 800 Chardon­nay and Pinot Noir vines on his prop­erty, and they’ll be wel­come to the end prod­uct.

Mr Do­ran planted the pic­turesque lit­tle vine­yard eight years ago when his horse-rid­ing kids left home.

‘‘All the kids left home and took their horses, and I was left with a pad­dock. I like a bit of a drink so I thought: a vine­yard.’’

Well-trav­elled, Mr Do­ran en­vis­aged a slice of the Mediter­ranean in Porirua, and planted olive trees along­side the rows of vines. He even built a cottage as a nice place to drink his drop, and had ‘‘Judge­ford Wines’’ bot­tle la­bels made when his daugh­ter got mar­ried on the prop­erty.

But Mr Do­ran, a tyre re­tailer by trade, just doesn’t have the time to carry it through, he says.

‘‘I leave here in the dark and I come home in the dark and I’ve only got the week­ends to do things.’’

An­other prob­lem is his raw viti­cul­ture skills.

‘‘I don’t know what I’m do­ing, re­ally. I haven’t done any cour­ses or any­thing.’’

De­spite his hap­haz­ard ap­proach, Mr Do­ran has got about 500 bot­tles of wine out of his vine­yard ev­ery cou­ple of years. Some vin­tages have been more quaf­fa­ble than oth­ers.

‘‘I drink it just through sheer spite be­cause I’ve grown it.’’

The vines grow hap­pily in Judge­ford, de­spite clay soil and too much rain, and some­body with an in­ter­est could make a good go of it, he says.

‘‘I’m look­ing for some­one with an in­ter­est in grapes. I just haven’t got time to get up there and spray.’’

Tools and fer­tiliser will be pro­vided. If Mr Do­ran can’t find some­body to take over the vine­yard he’ll pull the vines out, he says.

To in­quire about the vine­yard, call 027 443 7605.

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