March 2018: Vineyard News March

February 23 2018

The start to 2018 has been quite chilly so we’ve not really seen much Spring-like activity in the vineyard yet.

The start to 2018 has been quite chilly so we’ve not really seen much Spring-like activity in the vineyard yet. Plants recognize the arrival of Spring using a combination of increasing temperature and day length so, despite the cold weather, we can already see the primroses in the hedgerow and the new buds on the willow windbreak. Even though this signals an end to my nice quiet winter days, I still find it exhilarating to think of the change that’ll happen over the coming months. 

As usual we’ll get a small flock of ewes and lambs in the vineyard in the final few weeks before the vine buds break to nibble down the tough wintery grass that would otherwise clog up my little mower when I do my first mow of the season. Despite being rather messy, it’s always fun sharing the vineyard with the sheep, many of which have been hand-reared and are very tame and cuddly!

I’m halfway through my pruning now but really need to hurry up if I’m going to get it all done by the end of March. There’s nothing like a deadline to get things moving though so I’m sure it’ll all come together at the last minute.  

On the wine front, we’ve just sold out of our 2016 Pinot noir rosé. It’ll still be available in the shops while their stocks last but it’s now a race for me to get the new rosé out in time for the warmer weather. As well as my new rosé, I’m also contemplating the look and label for our first sparkling wine which will be on sale around Autumn 2018. Exciting times ahead!

 

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