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Stories from the vineyard

A desperate drop of rain

A desperate drop of rain

It’s finally raining. Not just a refreshing mist like the jets inside the new Woolies fitout in Kyneton spraying the lettuces, but actual rain, and for more than five minutes. It’s been very dry here in the Languedoc-Roussillon region and alarmingly spring-like. But...

The tonality of wine (or maybe just a dad complex)

The tonality of wine (or maybe just a dad complex)

I’m in the bathroom, passing Harriet - who’s sitting on the loo - 40ml of marsanne in a recently purchased rioja glass. Kids screaming at each other about an Octonaught toy they’ve decided they both want in equal measures. The life of under-resourced vignerons in a...

Our new life at a charming French village winery

Our new life at a charming French village winery

I’m trying to run up a hill (or truthfully, plodding; it’s steep) on the outskirts of the pretty South of France village Felines-Minervois, and as I stop and turn to head back down, I let out a gasp of delight. It has been overcast since we arrived here a few days ago...

Some news…

Some news…

Dear friends of Zig Zag rd. We have a little bit of news if you haven’t already heard it on the grapevine. This is the full slightly haphazard video I recorded yesterday, but rightly Instagram / Facebook didn’t want my whole gambit so we’ve posted it here on our...

A glass of La Rue de Zig Zag anybody?

A glass of La Rue de Zig Zag anybody?

You may have heard on the grapevine, after much deliberation, we’re moving … to France. BUT - before you throw your hands in the air and spit out our wine, muttering GAH! We implore you, please read on. We’re not really leaving per se. While we take on a French...

Cool Climate Cabernet

Cool Climate Cabernet

The story of our cool climate cabernet We almost pulled out over 1000 cabernet vines that were carefully and lovingly planted 50+ years ago, in 1972. I’m so glad we didn’t. We were advised by many: pull them out; graft over them; replant pinot noir or chardonnay. It’s...

What is the difference between vineyard and winery?

What is the difference between vineyard and winery?

Vinery? Winery? Wineyard? One of the things I wanted to create when I thought about the experience in our cellar door is for it to be a space where people felt good. A lot of things were behind that big concept - making people feel good. Partly, it was how we wanted...