Can you believe that this time last year it was 23C and the environment agency imposed a hosepipe ban? Luckily we are delighted to say that we can now walk through the new winery building without being drenched!
Progress has been spectacular lately: the entire roof is now officially on.
As I write, the concrete slabs are being poured on the office and laboratory level, and on the tasting room level the slab is down already.
Casts are visible where the reinforced concrete will be poured around the openings to support the presses.
So as of today, if you walk inside the winery, you can finally see the three different levels and really measure the working spaces available.
We are still on track for completion by mid-August, and by then the tanks, one press, wiring, piping etc should all be in.
On a side note, we visited Italy last week to look at bottling equipment which was very informative, we learned (even) more about bottling lines and even had time to visit the Negro winery in Monteu Roero, and taste both still and sparkling Nebbiolo wines. If you travel in the Piedmont area, do go and meet the Negro family in the Roero hills, feel the warm Italian hospitality and taste some great wines.
Now I suppose we just have to keep praying for a better growing season than last year. I’m looking forward to experiencing that ‘English Summer’.
Jonathan Médard – Winemaker