Wonderful Weather for Wine

Wonderful weather wine

Wonderful Weather for Wine ahead of a vintage year

We are certainly feeling blessed this summer with all the wonderful weather. In the midst of one of the warmest seasons in years the vineyard is looking the most productive it ever has. The sun has shone for weeks and the occasional shower has provided the perfect amount of water for the vines. Across the whole vineyard, there are beautiful grapes galore, getting plumper and ever closer to an early harvest.

Whilst the fields in Devon and Cornwall became scorched with the sun, the vines lapped up the extra sunlight creating row upon row of loaded vines.

Two weeks early, the process of the red grapes changing colour is currently taking place (Veraison). All grapes start the season as small green berries and at this time of year will plump out and change colour. The white grapes become a softer more translucent green and the red skins of the red grapes will appear.

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The wonderful weather hasn’t just been great for the vines. Over the summer we have visited a number of fantastic, sunny agricultural shows and markets. Launceston show is always a great day and joining Okehampton Show, for the first time this year was a real treat.

See the grapes for yourself

Harvest 2018 is soon approaching and our estimation is that we will be picking in late September. A few weeks earlier than our typical harvest. To visit the vineyard and to see the grapes for yourself, why not book on to one of our Tour and Tasting Experiences by clicking here.

A Tour of the vineyard will include a walk through our 4000 vines. This will give you a glimpse of how the vines and grapes are grown through the year. Following your walk, a full tasting of the current vintages will take place in the shop. You can also browse our range of local produce and gifts.

Adam Birch

Adam Birch

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We are Covid secure

Yours and our teams safety is our number 1 priority. We have made a number of changes in the vines to keep us all safe. This is under constant review and will be updated when the government advice changes.

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We have been verified by Visit England as ‘Good to go’

Social distancing

Please keep to a 2m distance when you visit. We have set all our tables at least 1.5m apart and do recommend face coverings in all indoor areas. Our team will still be wearing face covering when around you too.

Tables size limits

To continue to keep us safe in the vines we are keeping our tables limited to 10 people. We can accommodate larger groups but please get in touch to discuss any 10+ bookings with us.

Hand washing & cleaning

We have introduced a number of hand cleaning stations and guests are required to use hand sanatisor on entry. Our team are washing their hands between each customer and we are disinfecting all tables and chairs between use.

Payment

We are offering table service in the kitchen and advice using contactless or card payments where possible.

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