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..
The Gun Room on the Tye in Alfriston is our Cellar Door. It’s where you can taste and buy our wine and other wine related products, and book vineyard tours.
Situated in the heart of Alfriston, the Sussex Heritage Award winning Gun Room has proved a very popular destination for visitors to the village, partly because we gave over the entire upstairs space to create a Heritage Centre; a permanent exhibition on the history of Alfriston and the Cuckmere Valley.