Rathfinny Wine Estate

It’s all in the preparation

I’ve mentioned in previous blogs about our research in conjunction with Sussex University on parasitic wasps and enhancing general biodiversity on the vineyard.  Janine is undertaking the Phd research under the watchful eye of Professor Dave Goulson and the ground has been prepared and sown with the various mixtures.  Sounds easy.

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Phenology, polyphenols and potties

Now if that title has not stirred your interest nothing will.

Has winter arrived? Are the birds singing? Can we see ‘mother’ nature stirring from her slumber in the vineyard and in our gardens?

Phenology is the study of the cyclical change in nature in relation to the climate and the seasons. We were glad to see the temperature finally dip in the vineyard just in order for the vines to realise that they can stay a sleep a little longer. While they sleep through the winter they can take pretty much any climatic variation the UK can throw at them. During their sleep we still tend to them, as they are the most important element on the Estate (apologies Sarah) and they all get a haircut to regulate growth and stimulate grape production – this haircut is referred to as pruning and is far better described in Cam’s previous blog.

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