Hopes high for wine after bumper harvest

November 03 2014

A BISHOPSTON wine producer is raising a glass to achieving a bumper crop, thanks to this year's ideal weather conditions.

A BISHOPSTON wine producer is raising a glass to achieving a bumper crop, thanks to this year's ideal weather conditions.
Ingrid Bates - the manager of Dunleavy Vineyards - was joined by her partner Stephen Dunleavy and over thirty friends and family in the Chew Valley, where the Pinot noir and Seyval grapes are grown, to help bring in the harvest.
The grapes were then driven to winemaker Steve Brooksbank near Glastonbury to be made into Dunleavy Vineyards' Pinot noir rose 2014.
Ingrid believes that the next batch - which will be available next May - will be a success, as the grapes reached record sugar levels and had perfect acidity.
She said: "This has been one of the best summers growers can remember - a warm early spring with no frosts and a relatively dry and warm summer to follow. We’re really excited about the wine this year's harvest will produce.
"We’re still a young business, and we hope to start allowing visitors to the vineyard next summer. We will be producing around 5000 bottles a year when in full production."
The wine, which won 'Best Local Wine' at the Bristol Good Food Awards earlier in the year, is available online at: www.dunleavyvineyards.co.uk.
It has also recently been added to the wine list in several of Bristol's best bars and restaurants, including Primrose Café, Thornbury Castle Hotel, The Library Bar and Bordeaux Quay.

Ingrid Bates