Cleaning out the big wine storage tanks and the whole wine making area is an essential pre harvest job.
The big danger is the carbon dioxide at the bottom of the tanks. A father and son died recently on a nearby vineyard as they went to clean the tank. A candle that continues to burn when you put it in the bottom gives you the all clear.
We have taken the opportunity to reorganise a lot of it too with our new barrel racks making barrel storage easier.
Sue Temperley writes the Wine and Wildlife blog.