Rathfinny Wine Estate

Harvesting later this year

We have to be honest it wasn’t the best of summers.  It started off well and I read that average annual global temperatures are set to hit a high this year. August was the hottest on record, but as you’ll read from the picture on this link, whilst Europe was bathed in record temperatures during August, the UK was slightly cooler than average. https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/service/global/extremes/201508.gif

Farmers love to moan about the weather but this year’s summer was a bit damp and cold. We are now about 2 weeks behind last year and we don’t anticipate harvesting our classic varieties (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier) until late October. We have some great fruit but it needs a few more weeks to ripen.

This year vs last year..

Pinot Noir 2015

However, the early varieties are looking okay. Our Pinot Noir Précoce is almost ready to harvest and the Pinot Gris is looking very pink and ripening nicely.

Pinot Gris 2015

So we, like many grape growers, are sitting waiting for the autumnal sun to work it’s magic and ripen these grapes turning ‘sunshine into wine’.

Luckily we have a good forecast for the next two weeks.

Always the optimist



  • I have this strange feeling that after all the wet set backs in August you will evetually reap an amazing harvest.
    Hattingley appear to be in the same boat… I was pessimistic for them until I walked past some of their vines a couple of days ago and saw they were fully laden. So may the sun shine… shine, shine to reward all your ourstanding time and effort!

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