Diary of a Barossa vintage casual – part 5

Basket press drained at a Baross Valley winery 2020

The coronavirus has had its effect on the team in Samantha Cole-Johnson’s now-busy winery.

Harvest is in full swing, all the fermenters are full, and we are even fermenting in picking bins because we don’t have enough small fermenters (more on this in a bit). This would usually be a very happy, exhausting time. It still is to an extent. We’re very lucky to be working and busy. 

Fermenting the 2020 Barossa Valley harvest in picking bins

But the panic and stress around COVID-19 is nonetheless real for us, and changes by the day. One of our casuals left today, another will leave us on Tuesday, mid harvest, because...