As 2016 closes we look back on our 5th year as viticulturists (in the business of growing grapes) – we’ve learnt such a lot.
Grape growing is kind to newbies like us; for the first 3 years you are allowed to practise keeping the vines frost free and appropriately pruned with no loss of crop as there is no intention to pick.
From year 4 it gets more serious because mistakes impact either grape quantity or quality. It still feels a bit like a game to us, as although we’ve now had 2 harvests (2015, 2016), we have no wine of our own to sell. Our first Sparkling Wine is currently in bottle fermenting to create the bubbles. It is expected to be ready in 2018 -perhaps that’s when it becomes serious? Or maybe that’s when the real fun starts?!!
The tasting lodge won’t be regularly open for wine sales or gift vouchers until the spring but please phone ahead if you’d like to pop in – we’ll happily help if we’re available. We have vineyard tour and tasting vouchers (online too) for next summer available from £20 and wines from our parent vineyard Eglantine Vineyard, Nottinghamshire and from Walton Brook in Leicestershire too.
Rural Antics Workshops
We’ve booked some talented experts to run Rural Antics workshops in 2017, so why not book yourself an art, craft or rural skills day out in the Nottinghamshire countryside or perhaps a Gold Rural Antics Voucher for a loved one? Vouchers can be used to book a full day on any of our day-long workshops and they are valid to the end of 2018 so there’s plenty of flexibility and choice.
Rural Antics workshop vouchers are available in the tasting lodge or online. Online orders receive a link to a self-print pdf that describes the choice of workshops.
An exciting year!
2017 promises to be a ‘tipping point’ year for us – we’ll have our first wines for sale and we already have tours and tastings and lots of workshops scheduled, so we hope you can visit us.
Happy New Year!
Helenka & William Brown