As the swallows depart, it's time to take stock

September 30 2016

It’s that time of year again when my thoughts turn towards harvest and the wines I’d like to produce next year and beyond. There’s a palpable change in the air as autumn starts and the frantic trimming and mowing of the vineyard suddenly stops as the vines and grass finally stop growing.

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It’s that time of year again when my thoughts turn towards harvest and the wines I’d like to produce next year and beyond. There’s a palpable change in the air as autumn starts and the frantic trimming and mowing of the vineyard suddenly stops as the vines and grass finally stop growing.

While working in the vineyard a few weeks ago, I witnessed the amazing spectacle of a hundred or more swallows gathering in a huge group before suddenly leaving en masse – a sure sign that summer is coming to an end. For some this is a gloomy time of year but for me it means I finally get the chance to put my feet up and have a rest…once the harvest is over that is.

By the time this goes to print we will most likely have picked half of our grapes across our two sites in Wrington and Secret Valley near Bridgwater. There’s a lot of organising, grape testing, emailing and decision making in the lead up to each harvest day to make sure we have enough pickers and snacks to fuel them, and that we pick the grapes on the right day. Fingers crossed we get some more nice dry days as it makes the grape picking that bit more fun if it’s not raining!

We were excited to hear last week that our current Pinot noir rosé 2015 won Silver at the South West Vineyards Association Competition. The SWVA has over a hundred members and the competition is judged by several expert Masters of Wine and is notoriously tough to win a medal. We’ll soon have our little silver medal stickers to apply to our bottles so people can see the award the wine has won.

With the festive season looming, please do contact us if you’d like to order wine – we are usually able to do free delivery to Bristol postcodes or can tell you about your nearest stockist.

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