Synthetic grass for our alfresco area

Recently, we posted an account of how a leak caused damage to our office during the rainy season and led to a complete repair of the roof and floor replacement. Today we come to you with another update on some new changes around the winery.


As the weather has switched from cold and rainy to suddenly extremely dry and hot, with the temperature spiking up to more than thirty-five degrees, another set of challenges regarding maintenance of the premises has presented itself. Although we no longer have to worry about rainwater leaking in from the roof, and although we have a lovely new floor in the office (linoleum, as voted by majority of the staff) we still have an alfresco area to worry about. In the heat, our shrubs and grass can easily dry out, and expenses spent on re-flooring and re-roofing have made it difficult to maintain regularly with a sprinkler system. Last year, replacing and maintaining the grass in dry weather caused us to use three times more than the amount of budget we planned. Thus, this year, the winery has decided to invest in synthetic grass for the alfresco area. An idea we had from a website we ran into on the internet.


fake grass photo


This was a decision that was met with much apprehension. Many of us at the winery are here expressly because we believe that there is no substitute for nature’s raw gifts, hence why we use all-natural, top-quality ingredients in our wines. In keeping with these values, we prefer to keep our premises all-natural as well. However, circumstances have given us little choice in the matter, and short of having to spend more money than usual on maintaining the al fresco area, it would indeed be more prudent to go with a synthetic substitute, which will last all year round. Manager Ms. Stacy and our grounds keeping staff are on the hunt for quality, affordable false grass that will not ruin the overall rustic atmosphere of the winery.


With the new roof, new office flooring and now a new alfresco area look, the face of the winery is changing, but as always, we assure customers that our quality remains the same.

Leaking roof causing damage to our office

Recently, NSW has experienced constant and heavy rains in the evenings during the past few weeks. Usually this kind of stuff just makes the commute home a little more difficult, nothing more. But as the staff of our winery soon found out, the weather had another more unexpected impact.


It all started when our head janitor Robbie came in early to open the office. He instantly noticed a wet smell. In the corner of the office, a large spot had formed on the ceiling, leaking rainwater through and making a puddle on the carpeted floor! Apparently this had been going on all night as the puddle had spread underneath chairs and a filing cabinet, and damaged the carpet irreparably. By the time the rest of the staff had gotten there, Robbie was already trying to clear all furniture and important documents from under the leaking portion of the roof.


A thorough check by the roofing experts from was conducted throughout the premises for similar damage. Luckily, none of our precious wines in storage were harmed!


Although a few documents were messed up, causing a slight delay in shipments, the leaking roof did not completely throw our operations out of order– and luckier still, no personnel were harmed. The manager, Ms. Stacy, has contacted workers who are currently repairing the roof. In fact, to prevent further incidents of similar nature, Ms. Stacy has ordered a complete re-roofing of the entire compound as well as a replacement of the damaged floor. The staff is currently voting on whether to use linoleum or marble. Ms. Stacy assures us the company has enough profit to pay for either.


This is hardly the first time any force of nature has threatened the winery. Senior employees will tell you (if asked nicely) about the big fire which occurred nearly seven years ago that destroyed one of our warehouses very close to the edge of town, an incident which many people say could have developed into a deadly bush fire if not for the local firemen who came to the rescue. The fire was caused by faulty wiring in the middle of a hot summer. And not four years ago, a wide stock of ingredients was rendered unusable by a family of possums who had a liking for the finer things in life– that is, our storage of fermenting grapes. So, as Ms. Stacy keeps telling everyone (especially the interns), ‘this winery is tough as balls.’ It will take more than a fire or a rodent population, and even more than Sydney spring rains, to make a dent in our logistics and excellent reputation.


Forecasts predict constant rains throughout the following few days. In light of this, our marketing manager Mr. Farris, will be posting his own article on this website this weekend with his recommendations on wines ideal for the weather. The winery will continue to go about business as usual when it opens for the week on Monday. We assure our customers that the recent incident has not impacted the nature of our wines in any way.