Sometimes a year will come along that is quite unlike any other. 2018 is one of those years.
Following last year’s fine weather at flowering the potential crop this year was always going to be good in terms of yield, little did we know we would have one of the warmest summers on record. What this meant for us, and the UK wine industry in general, is that we had a large crop that was able to ripen to ideal levels for our Sussex Sparkling wines. When I say a large crop this is relative, the UK has consistently low yields compared to other grape growing regions, which is due to weather events; late spring frost, poor flowering weather, and (generally) cool summers.
We started harvesting in glorious sunshine on Monday and what a harvest we have this year.
The vineyard really benefited from the warm dry weather we experienced in May, June, and July. Flowering was really great and the fruit set is superb. As we had so little rain in those early summer months we had very low disease pressure so the fruit is very clean, ripe and has fantastic flavours.
Our harvest begins on Monday 1st October for approximately three weeks. During harvest the following changes for visitors will be in place:
TASTING ROOM & CELLAR DOOR
The Tasting Room restaurant will be CLOSED due to its proximity to harvest activity.
Our Cellar Door will be relocated to our Estate Office for sales and tastings of our available wines and gin. Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 10am-4pm
The Flint Barns will be open for teas, coffees, light lunches.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11am-4pm
The Rathfinny Trail will be closed during harvest. The section which passes through the vineyard and past the Flint Barns will be closed to allow us to harvest all the vines.
Please do not hesitate to contact us on 01323 870022 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Please do take great care and heed instructions whilst on the Estate during harvest as it will be very busy.