As harvest is now complete I thought now was a good time to share the harvest news
The weather has been exceptional this year as I’m sure you will agree and this years bounty of quality grapes shall stand us in good stead for “vintage 2018” a year to remember.
The growing season began in earnest with bud burst mid April, flowering early June and by the middle of June fruit set. All in all the seasons have been just as we required, a little dry at one point but when the rain came it was gentle and the grapes swelled nicely.
Harvest began 27th September with a bounty of both Siegerrebe and Pinot Noir Précoce all hand harvested. Our total harvest in all grape varieties excelled in tonnage and with great analysis indicating a good balance in Sugar and acidity. As with all farming when growing crops you are in the lap of the gods with regards to the weather however the autumn sunshine has been a blessing with our last date of harvest being Sunday 21st October despite earlier predictions of early harvesting this year.
Our Seyval grapes destined for Sparkling wine sure had the benefit of the autumn sunshine and this year we managed to escape frost damage Hooray Hooray.
Already we have visitors reserving bottles of Pinot Noir 🍷 from this years harvest.
Thankfully at harvest we have been supported by good friends, family and a few Adopt a vine holders without you all we could never manage Thank you all.
Robb and I were delighted to be nominated for The Rural Business Awards for Wales and Northern Ireland this year, we made it through to one of four finalists in the Best Rural Drink Business. This award celebrates innovative businesses big or small.
With harvest over we have taken the opportunity to taste our Red wines from vintage 2017, this we do periodically and the good news is that we shall be releasing these wines in readiness for Christmas 🎄 great grape 🍇 news.
We are planning our festive Weekend for Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th December with events running up to the festive season and so keep an eye on our website.
Talking of our website have you browsed our website recently we have released our new website with the support of Websites without worry and that’s exactly what it is!we have our online shop up and running and for those of you who have yet to view our 1581 take a peak as they are going, going soon to be gone, our 1st limited release bottles 1-500 are in demand “Wales first fortified wine”
Let’s raise a glass to harvest 2018 🥂