Vintage History and the Kulin Calendar

Every day, climatic conditions in the vineyard are captured. The data collected at 916 provides an interesting backdrop to how the vines grow, and how the grapes develop and ripen. Once the grapes are harvested, each step of winemaking is captured in detail; from fermentation stages to barrels and bottling.

Using unique data visualisation technology*, historic sketches and contemporary art**– and stories – we continue to learn about the 916 place and people who have cared for it before us.

Inspired by the Kulin Calendar*** seasons, the interactive chart below shows rainfall, temperature, solar exposure, as well as important vineyard and winemaking stages for each vintage of 916 Pinot Noir.

Click on the arrows to move between the seasons and use the chart options button to reveal the influences of the weather, along with key winemaking dates.

*The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has a weather station at Coldstream 37.72°S, 145.38°E, where rainfall, temperature, solar exposure etc data is captured and shared online.

**“View from Mr Ryrie’s”, State Library of Victoria, MS8781, box 76/7(c), La Trobe Library Collection with Artist Christine Mullen’s impression of the colour and textures at 916 throughout vintage.

***Kulin Calendar: The lands of the Kulin people include the Dandenong Ranges, near Melbourne, which they refer to as the ‘cold country’. The Kulin have a detailed local understanding of the seasons and the environment. Each season is marked by the movement of the stars in the night sky and changes in the weather, coinciding with the life cycles of plants and animals. Overlaid on the seven seasons are two other non-annual seasons – Flood season which is likely to occur on average about every 28 years, and Fire season which occurs on average about every seven years.