Vineyard December: Cheers! How we scored a hat trick at Ashton Gate

November 24 2016

In the vineyard I’ve been perfecting the art of rolling the bird nets back in - there’s no urgency with autumn and winter tasks so I can take my time.

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In the vineyard I’ve been perfecting the art of rolling the bird nets back in - there’s no urgency with autumn and winter tasks so I can take my time.

 In the summer I’m at the vineyard every day and every task has to be completed as quickly as possible to avoid a backlog developing but in the winter that all changes: I tend to visit the vineyard once or twice a week leaving me more time to focus on other things like Christmas markets. The bustle of markets couldn’t be further from the silence and solitude of vineyard work. Although I listen to the radio while I’m working I am able to switch off and focus on whatever simple manual task is at hand. It’s all rather therapeutic and gives the same feeling some people get from going for a run, reading or gardening perhaps. 

The leaves have now all fallen off the vines so the corridors of green have been replaced by something very open and sparse in appearance (quite handy when you want to see where the dog is). The next task to contemplate will be the pruning and I’m quite keen to get going on that in the next few weeks…

I told you recently that we won a silver medal at the South West Vineyards Association Competition. We now have another award to announce and it’s one that completes a hat trick for us at the Bristol Good Food Awards. The judging and awards ceremony were held at Ashton Gate Stadium and we were lucky enough to win ‘Best Local Wine’ from a great shortlist. Bristol based foodie and TV producer Andy Clarke collected the award on our behalf and gave a speech about our endeavours to all those assembled from the Bristol food scene. We really didn’t expect to win again so were thrilled when we heard the news.

In other news, we've given a bucket of our pressed Pinot noir grape skins to Bristol based beer producer Wiper and True who are going to use the yeasts found naturally on the grape skins to create a new beer - it'll just be a small amount at first but will be a fun one to watch and we like doing fun things! Also, look out for our wine in Gaines the Greengrocer in Totterdown, Old Down Farm Shop near Almondsbury and Bishopston’s own Gallimaufry – all recent new stockists of our Pinot noir rosé.

Please get in touch directly if you plan to get any of our wine for Christmas as stocks are lower than previous years and shops will soon run out. Contact details are below.

 

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