September: Through the Grapevine

August 28 2015

AUGUST has been feeling a little autumnal of late but everything is still going well in the vineyard.

AUGUST has been feeling a little autumnal of late but everything is still going well in the vineyard. The fruit set looks very good and the little grapes are swelling fast. The grapes are green, hard and slightly larger than a pea at the moment. Pinot noir grapes have dense little bunches where all the grapes are pressed together to form one lovely lump – nothing like a bunch of grapes you’d buy from the shop. In the next few weeks they’ll swell a bit more and gradually start to change from green to red as they stop growing and start ripening.
 
Sometimes at this time of year we can get a big problem with wasps eating grapes. The social structure of a wasp nest collapses at the end of summer so their behavior changes and they start looking for sugary items to eat en masse. They can easily chomp their way through thousands of grapes that would previously not have been of interest to them. If the grapes were ripe they could do a lot of damage but thankfully they aren’t. One advantage of having had a cool spring this year.
 
Look out for us in Countryfile Magazine in the next few weeks. The Bristol based magazine has written a large feature on us using pictures taken at last year’s harvest.

Our lovely Pinot noir rosé is still selling well from all of the usual local outlets but do check out our website for information on how to buy direct as well.

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