Lockdown? What lockdown!?
One of the long list of effects that lockdown had when imposed on the nation on 23rd March was whether or not we would have to stand down the vineyard team from tending to the vines. The prospect of our vines growing unattended for several weeks alongside the fallout to many aspects of our’s and our customer’s businesses was simply too much to think about. Thankfully, sense prevailed and the vineyard team were allowed to resume work whilst adhering to the recommended safety guidance. As it turned out, the weather was glorious during lockdown which the vines (and the vineyard team!) have thoroughly enjoyed.
March 23rd seems a lifetime ago now – so much has happened since but the headline most certainly should be that the vines are in a very good place. We escaped the worst of spring, so no frost damage and vine growth has really shot on since then. As of the start of July, we reckon to be around two weeks ahead of ‘normal’ which is quite extraordinary.
In other news, we’ve had a few new toys and members of staff to keep us busy too – a new work horse in the form of a jolly smart ‘narrow’ vineyard tractor to squeeze down the two metre width rows. Along with this a new post basher to help us finish some trellising installation and repairs which were needed. We’ve also seen Oz and Simon join the team – both arrive having worked in similar industries and not afraid of getting stuck in (or of the British weather).
We’re all off to get a post-lockdown haircut (and a root touch-up for some!) and the vines are up for their first trim any day now too. Here’s hoping for a dry and sunny summer!