Just a quick blog this time, as we’re right in the middle of harvest and everything is looking good so far.
Tonnages are up on predictions, and we have a fabulous crew of pickers who are all local and from all walks of life. Special thanks to them they’ve been doing a great job, with many expressing an interest in coming back in future years for pruning and further work over next summer. Its great to have such a happy English speaking crew who despite the miles they put in each day always have a smile on their faces.
I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.
Harvest is just around the corner for Rathfinny Wine Estate and the tension is mounting!
While Jonathan Médard prepares and Cameron nurtures, other diverse things are happening on the Estate. Last month saw the launch of the South Downs Food and Drink Portal (www.southdownsfood.org) at our Winery. The portal is an interactive website where you can search for local food and drink providers, businesses and places to visit. Rathfinny sources as much of its food and drink from local providers as we can and it was great to meet so many more at this event, make new connections and of course try their produce (a number of times, just to make sure!)
Harvest at Rathfinny isn’t far away now and there is a buzz of excitement going on around the Estate. I hope to get out in the vines to give a hand with this year’s harvest at some stage. There’s also a buzz going on at the Flint Barns, last weekend was our busiest in the café with over 80 people coming to enjoy the Rathfinny Trail, great food, stunning views, a chilled bottle of our Cradle Valley wine and of course our friendly staff. The cafe will still be open until Sunday 1st November every Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am to 4pm – why not pop over and pay us a visit. We are also going to be open every day during the half term week 26th Oct – 30th Oct.