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Amongst the vines – the year so far

Upperton Vineyard in September 2019

It’s shaping up to be another great vintage!

If you set foot in a vineyard in the UK at this time of year, it’s likely that you’ll feel an increasing sense of excitement as the build towards harvest commences. Growers nervously watching the weather forecast, keeping a close eye on every corner of their vineyard and spending many an hour ensuring that this busy period runs like clockwork.

It’s been a pretty good year for our vines here at Roebuck Estates. We had a good start to the growing season, dodged anything that Jack Frost could throw at us and bounded into the important months of June and July with huge amounts of optimism for the quality and quantity of the vintage – could this be a year to rival the heralded 2018?!

Sadly, August didn’t quite go to plan – rain and moderate temperatures replaced the sun of July and everything slowed right down. Plenty of hard graft in the vineyards stripping leaves and opening up the canopy to allow it to be dried by prevailing winds paid dividends and gladly we are still expecting great things from the fruit, albeit a couple of weeks later that we experienced last year.

We’re still a few weeks away from picking so we’re now ensuring that the important things are in place – transport booked to move the harvest between vineyard and winery, pickers on call to step in when needed, snips sharpened and minds focussed on the task ahead (plus a case or two of ‘Harvest’ beers on order to keep the troops happy after a hard day in the field).

Keep following to see how we fare!