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The Vineyard

In 2010 a tentative approach was made to Vine Works. The survey of the land came as a pleasant surprise: great land and soil, great altitude and a perfect south facing slope. So work began.

The vines were chosen to be blended for the finest English sparkling wine. Rondo - an early crop, core to the production of sparkling Rosé - Pinot Gris and those classic sparkling wine grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The first vineyard to be planted was 2.6 hectares and was followed a few years later by a smaller, 0.5 hectare parcel.

A Year In Vines

The start of the year is largely a period of dormant recovery. Bud-burst occurs from mid-April onwards and is a critical time. For two years in a row, the harvest was hit hard by harsh air-frosts that struck during bud-burst, freezing the buds then covering them with a layer of frost that acted like a magnifying glass when the sun rose, burning the buds to a shrivel.

Now it is an exciting time to wander the vineyards, watching the development of the leaves from tiny peeping youngsters, through their teenage, bright green growth into established, maturing canopies.

Around mid-Autumn, bunches of grapes are sent off to award-winning winemaker Emma Rice and her excellent team for analysis to work out whether and when the crop should be picked - not all varieties ripen and are picked at the same time but when the green light is given, the teams swoop into action to harvest and deliver the grapes as quickly as they can. Confirmation of the weight of harvest is given and vineyard returns submitted to the Food Standards Agency.

Holtwood

Nine years after we planted our first vineyard, almost to the day, the VineWorks team were back again, planting Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc in our latest vineyard. Their German subcontractors arrived and started planting on 13th May, the day after one of the latest air frosts we have seen devastated many of the vineyards across England. Luckily these young vines won't yet be affected by frost.

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The Vineyard

The Vineyard

In 2010 a tentative approach was made to Vine Works. The survey of the land came as a pleasant surprise: great land and soil, great altitude and a perfect south facing slope.

The Story

The Story

The parish church of St. Michael and All Angels dates from at least the 12th century although some say has features that date it to much earlier times, possibly Saxon.

News & Events

News & Events

Find out about the latest news and events from the Vineyard, what challenges we face and how the vines are growing.