October 2017: Vineyard News
The rush and hurry of summer vineyard work has slowed to almost nothing as I finished off my last trim of the vineyard earlier this week.
The rush and hurry of summer vineyard work has slowed to almost nothing as I finished off my last trim of the vineyard earlier this week. The grapes are nearly ready so it’s just a waiting game before we pick them. In some ways this waiting feels almost harder than being busy. After a summer of hard work the stakes feel high and I am very much looking forward to getting the grapes picked and safely into the winery where nothing else can eat or damage them! Unlike previous years, the wasps and starlings haven’t made an appearance so fingers crossed this remains the case until harvest.
Although work in the vineyard has slowed down, there is still a lot of wildlife to be seen. The swallows that normally disappear in the first week of September are still flying overhead and I’ve also seen a lot of Red Admiral butterflies this year. These beautiful and large butterflies migrate south to overwinter and are probably attracted to the vineyard by the ripening Pinot noir grapes.
Despite the seemingly damp end to the summer we are on course for a good sized, good quality harvest. Many UK vineyards have actually recorded their earliest ever harvest dates thanks to the higher than average temperatures we had in early summer. We’ve been working out how best to utilise our grapes and are hoping to produce our popular Pinot noir rosé as well as some sparkling white, but we are also looking into making a light and fruity sparkling red as well. Not many producers make sparkling red but we’ve tried a few and loved them. It’s fun to make something a bit different to the norm.
Some of you that follow our social media updates may have seen that our current wine was on Saturday Morning with James Martin on Saturday 9 September. Our wine has never been featured on national TV before so this was very exciting and generated a lot of interest for us. You may still be able to see it online or on catch up. As usual we’re on course for selling out of our Pinot rosé around Christmas so do be sure to get in touch if you’d like some as a gift or for yourself.
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