Vineyard News July 2017

June 22 2017

June and July are probably the busiest months for a rosé producer because wine sales are high and we’re also busy looking after the vines in the vineyard.

June and July are probably the busiest months for a rosé producer because wine sales are high and we’re also busy looking after the vines in the vineyard.  

 June is the time that I work my way around all 2,400 vines, one by one, and select the best stems to keep and decide which to remove. Vines tend to throw out twice as many stems as we need or want. If I left all the stems in place the plants would become a congested mess with little airflow, which could lead to disease.  

I grow two vine varieties: Pinot noir and Seyval blanc. Seyval blanc need little physical intervention and can almost be left to their own devices, whereas the Pinot noir need a lot of shoot selection and help getting their stems to grow within the vineyard trellis. So that’s what I’ll be doing over the next few weeks. In the countryside around the vineyard many of the farmers have made their first cut of hay and we’re seeing a lot of insect and bird life with the warm weather.

 In other news we recently won a silver in the UK Wine Awards. This competition is the biggest wine competition in the UK and we were one of only a handful of still wine producers to get a medal this year – most of the other winners were sparkling wines.  Some well-known wine experts including Oz Clarke and Susie Barrie were judging, so it was very exciting to found out we’d won. Look out for the little silver medal stickers that’ll soon be on our bottles. 

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