Rathfinny Wine Estate

October 2018 Join us for Harvest

We’ve had so much interest in joining our picking team this year that we’ve decided to create a dedicated mailing list, separate to the Estate News,  to ensure those who are interested receive all the relevant information.

Joining our Harvest 2018 Mailing List means we will be able to contact you with updates from the Vineyard. Harvest usually takes place in October and when the date is decided you will receive an invite  so you can formally sign up or book a stay at the Flint Barns during the harvest period.  

Please note: All applications will be handled through the mailing list so if you have already been in contact please still sign up as we wouldn’t want you to miss out on any important information. We look forward to hearing from you and hopefully welcoming you to the Estate for Harvest 2018!

To join the Harvest 2018 Mailing List please click here.

 

Location. Rathfinny Wine Estate, Sussex, BN26 5TU

Phenology – What goes around comes around

With the success of our launch at the end of April, the pressure is well and truly on to carry on producing the best grapes for our Sussex Sparkling. As part of the U.K wine industry, we find ourselves at a very fortunate standpoint in comparison to some of our European counterparts in the face of climate change. Even though research points to more unpredictable weather conditions in the U.K, we are also eagerly anticipating higher temperatures and less rain during the growing season (emphasis on eagerly) whilst southern Europe is facing short-term realities of severe drought conditions, extreme heat and ultimately, the inability to grow or produce certain varieties and wine styles. But what is phenology and what does it have to do with this?

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Assessing Vine Balance

Many aspects of our daily lives are focused on achieving some sort of balance. Balancing obligations at work and home, our diets, our accounts or if you’re anything like me – balancing the washing up next to the kitchen sink like the leaning tower of Pisa. In the vineyard, when we talk about ‘vine balance’ we’re focused on the relationship between the leaves, shoots, roots and fruit on the vines. However, what determines ‘balance’ can differ depending on the climate, variety and even wine style which means it can be hard to define – that’s why we’ve been recording pruning weights this year. 

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