Andrew Thomas grape pickers on night shift

“GLOVES, buckets and shears are essential equipment for workers who hand-pick grapes in Hunter Valley vintages, but fishermen’s headlamps may well become an addition to the list.

Such lamps proved to be a great success during harvest 2014 for ace winemaker Andrew Thomas, allowing him to carry out what he believes is the Hunter’s first hand-picking at night.

Andrew’s continuing quest for what he calls the “little one-percenters that can contribute to improving quality” led him to ponder better ways of getting his semillon grapes nice and cool for whole-bunch pressing in the winery.”

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