In the current uncertain times, we are constantly seeking reassurance and positive signs from the outside world. While some things have ground to a halt, nature is still taking its course and marches on to its own rhythm. The vineyards are enjoying the sunshine and continue to require care and cultivation as we look forward to the vines starting to rouse from their wintry slumber.
Despite transitioning into the brighter British Summer Time, this does not necessarily mean that we are out of the woods in terms of the danger posed by frost. Three years ago we were greeted with a warm early spring but then in mid April our Roman Road Vineyard was struck by a sharp air frost, which decimated 50% of the crop. After this humbling experience, we were keen to seek a solution which would be both economical and eco-friendly. We purchased two frost fans in 2018, which can be used remotely, and aid the circulation of the air around the vines, ensuring that no frost can settle and cause damage.
Since then the 20 hectares of our Railway Hill plantation has come on leaps and bounds and requires similar protection. Last week we were pleased to welcome the arrival of two additional fans to provide peace of mind as we move into the 2020 growing season.
We were pleased to make it into the latest Drinks Business – The Week in Pictures (read more here), a nice round up of positive news in this bleak time for the trade and wine industry!
We will continue to keep you updated with news from our grapevines and we look forward to resuming our vineyard tours in due course.