July Through the Grapevine: Slow Start to the Summer

June 26 2015

As I sit on a warm, sunny afternoon in Bishopston to write this, it’s hard to remember that we’ve actually had a really cold start to this summer. The weather was lovely and warm in April before the vines started growing and suddenly went rather chilly when they decided to emerge.

with Ingrid Bates

As I sit on a warm, sunny afternoon in Bishopston to write this, it’s hard to remember that we’ve actually had a really cold start to this summer. The weather was lovely and warm in April before the vines started growing and suddenly went rather chilly when they decided to emerge. I’ve been closely monitoring them to see if they’ve been affected by the cold northeasterly winds and so far they look fine. Despite the odd start to the growing season there are actually quite a lot of flowers developing which could be a knock-on effect of the warm weather we had last summer. Generally, this year’s vine growth is around one or two weeks behind what is normal. I say normal, but actually every year is different so I’m not sure there is such a thing!

Our 2014 Pinot rosé has been in the bottle for a couple of months now and is tasting amazing. As well as our website and usual local outlets, we’re now also being sold in The Riverstation and some of the Chandos Deli shops including our first outlet in Bath. We were lucky enough to be filmed by ‘Made in Bristol TV’ a few weeks ago, which was exciting. Presenter of ‘The Source’ Natalie Fee came to the vineyard as well as to the South West Wine Trade Tasting - an event I helped to organise at Bordeaux Quay a few weeks ago.

Fingers crossed the current warm weather remains as we head toward our most critical stage; the flowering period.

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