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.