The Vineyard & Approach

Parcel by Parcel

The vines were chosen to be blended for the finest English sparkling wine. Rondo – an early crop, core to the production of sparkling Rose, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Murniere and Pinot Gris. The first vineyard to be planted was 2.6 hectares and was followed a few years later by a smaller, 0.5 hectare parcel – immediately next to the churchyard of St. Michael and All Angels – planted with only Chardonnay.

Growth

Growth

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.

Spring - Summer

Spring - Summer

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.

Harvest

Harvest

Around mid-Autumn, bunches of grapes are sent off to Emma Rice and her excellent team at Hattingley Valley 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 the regulatory vineyard returns submitted.