Spring - September 1st 2008

Let the sunshine begin!
As winter comes to an end for another year the pruning is done, and after the last couple of months of very cold and wet weather our fingers and toes have begun to thaw. The vines are perfectly manicured and the sap is beginning to flow life and vigour back into the sleeping gems. To me spring always represent the beginning; the start; the new years life cycle. When the new buds on the vine are beginning push out a whole new cycle of life and change.

There has been a whole lot of change at diggers in the past couple months, the main one being that the brothers O’Callaghan, Tim and Travis, (that’s me by the way) have reunited to take our little winery to the next level. I will be mainly in charge of the sales and marketing so Tim can focus on his beloved vineyards and the “Watch Dog” cellar. We have also employed Dan Rowe (the guy in the photos with Tim) on a full time basis to help Tim in vineyards and winery. Dan is a seasoned professional when it comes to vineyards and cellar work. For the past ten years or so Dan has been rebuilding and tending to some of the Barossa’s greatest treasures, such as the ancient Freedom Vineyard at Langmeil wines as well as the infamous Chris Ringland vineyard.

Another big change that I am very excited about is the acquisition of the adjoining block of land and house to the winery, so it won’t be long until we have a cellar door up and running.

I will go into a lot more detail about all the exciting new things that are happening at Diggers in the up coming news letter.

P.S. Don’t miss out on the new 2002 Watch Dog, we’ve just released it. It’s a cracker!

Cheers and good health!

Travis O’Callaghan.

Autumn at the Diggers Vineyard.

Dan Rowe (Left) & side kick, Vineyard Gurus, finishing up a great old Shiraz Vineyard.

Dan’s Dog “Trev” having a little rest in the cover crop.

Making wine is thirsty work. When you run out of cold beer it’s a disaster. Fortunately we have quick remedies to this problem.



The Brothers O’Callaghan – Travis (left) – Tim (right).

The Team from Culshaw Grill – Adelaide, enjoying a great day of a bonfire, slow cooked lamb shanks & of course lots of great Diggers red.

The old Bedford taking the two basket presses back to their Winter home, until next vintage.

Suki, Diggers long trusted friend.

Dan critiquing his good work.

Trav & Trev – enjoying the sunset.

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