Vineyard News November: Break out the bubbly - we've seen off the starlings!

November 01 2016

Over the last few weeks I’ve been out in all weathers picking the grapes that’ll go into next year’s rosé and, drum roll please, our first sparkling wine as well!

Over the last few weeks I’ve been out in all weathers picking the grapes that’ll go into next year’s rosé and, drum roll please, our first sparkling wine as well! To say that I’ve waited a long time to produce a sparkling wine would be an understatement. For the last four years I have waited for harvest time to arrive to see if we had enough grapes to make a decent amount of still wine as well as some fizz but with Pinot Noir being such a fiddly and low yielding variety we’ve never had quite enough. Finally this year we have some extra juice in the tank but it’ll be a while before it’s ready - at least two years minimum! With only one crop per year, everything involving vines and wine takes a long time; it’s worth waiting for none-the-less.

Regular readers of this column may remember we had terrible trouble with starlings last year in the final week before harvest. In anticipation of this happening again I bought a large roll of netting usually used to wrap huge bales of straw and rolled it out across both sides of every vineyard row to protect the delicate, red Pinot Noir grapes from the hungry birds. It’s been such a relief to see how effective this has been – the starlings arrived, took one look and never came back! It’s also proved pretty good at keeping off the pheasants that hop up and down below the vines hoping to grab a grape. Tempted to make a quip about two birds with one stone but no…

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