OK, so it’s taken more than a little longer to get this blog started than anticipated, but believe me – I have an excuse. In fact, I have 3.
Firstly, we took over the management of Tiltridge Vineyard site, and took a while to adapt to the needs of the Double Guyot system VSP that is in place there. Compared to our GDC there seems to be a lot more thinning and tucking going on to ensure fruit quality.
Secondly, the superb weather. Thankfully it’s bunches, bunches everywhere – but canes and leaves everywhere as well. James hasn’t had time to come up for air. He has been doing sterling work keeping both vineyards in good order. Keeping things tidy, ensuring good light and air within the canopy, and generally cossetting the vines has been, well, time-consuming. And in our short experience of recent seasons – unprecedented.
Thirdly, and here we all take a collective sigh and blush a little – sales have been fantastic on the heels of our excellent showing in the UK Vineyard Association Wine of the Year Competition 2014. Whether it be restaurants, wine shops or drop in visitors and organised tours, the response to our wines has been hugely positive, and we extend our thanks to all our new customers. The shop, tasting room and wine-garden are finished; the accommodation is ready for its first guests this week; and we have cemented our relationship with another small local business (ahem) – The Morgan Motor Company who generously allowed us to promote our wines at this year’s Thrill On The Hill. In a word – busy, busy, busy.
I could say more at this stage, but no – the vines have grown about 4 feet since you started reading, and I am off to tuck and tidy some more.
Until next time, goodbye.