August: Dunleavy wins ‘best local wine’

August 03 2015

Things are looking good in the vineyard. Flowering and fruit set are a couple of weeks behind last year but then last year was truly exceptional so that’s no surprise.

Things are looking good in the vineyard. Flowering and fruit set are a couple of weeks behind last year but then last year was truly exceptional so that’s no surprise. Vine flowers are tiny, white and not very noticeable. They are wind pollinated so calm, warm weather is the best thing for them. They’ve been opening and setting over the last two weeks so I am starting to see tiny grapes forming in their place. This is the most crucial period in determining the size of crop we’ll get this year. In a week or so, I should be able to walk along the rows and count the average number of bunches per plant and make a rough estimate as to how many bottles of wine we can produce from the 2015 harvest. As always, I never like to tempt fate and will be suitably nervous right up to the moment the grapes are picked, in case a flock of starlings should swoop down and eat them all at the last moment! All I can safely say is so far so good and we’re looking at an October harvest. 

Our big news is that we won ‘Best Local Wine’ for the second year running at the Bristol Good Food Awards. We attended the awards ceremony held at Bristol Grammar School not knowing if we’d won and were thrilled when our name was read out. Wine expert Angela Mount, who is one of the competition judges, hosted the event. She told us we had ‘ a great wine’, which was lovely for us to hear. Hundreds of people attended the event from across the Bristol food scene so it was a fascinating evening and made a bit of a change from the usual toil in the vineyard! 

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Dunleavy at Good Food Award