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2016 Harvest finished…

2016 Harvest finished…

The grapes are all picked and the juice is fermenting in our vats….soon the very first tank samples of our 2016 wines will be tasted.   The photo below shows our Bacchus grapes on their way from vineyard to winery – luckily for our...

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2015 wines now on sale

In celebration of English Wine Week we have released our range of 2015 still wines – including a Cellar Selection blend of barrel-fermented Ortega and Chardonnay which was not produced in 2014. Our hugely popular Bacchus continues to...

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Sleepless nights…..

As feared, I’ve been up at 2am for two days so far this week……as the recent cold blast hitting the UK has brought frosty nights threatening severe damage to the young emerging buds and shoots on the vines. As I watch the temperatures plummet...

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Frost & Fear!

From rain we’ve moved onto cold and the coming week looks like a very worrying one for all English vineyards with the threat of frosts looming.  With the buds now out on the vines they are vulnerable to frost damage which can destroy an...

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Rain & Riddling….

Exciting news this week as we start riddling our first ever sparkling wine samples for dosage trails. This strange looking cage in the photo below is currently holding just one layer of bottles but when full will hold 500 bottles and over a...

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Cellar Door Christmas Opening

We are open in the run up to Christmas selling our full range of wines including our very limited edition sweet wine, the Late Harvest Ortega 2014 (only available direct from us), the recently released Cellar Selection 2013 and our ever popular...

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Harvest 2015 Update

Harvest is over and I can breathe a sigh of relief. Now the English weather can throw what it likes at us and I won’t worry for a few months! In the end the grape quality of the 2015 vintage was much better than I had dared hope for given the...

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Harvest 2015 nearly here!

Preparations are now underway for harvest. After a cool and damp August and an unsettled start to September the grapes are ripening – but slowly – so we will be later starting this year than in 2014. I am hoping that we will be picking our...

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May at Albourne Estate

In many ways this is the most beautiful time of year in the vineyard. So far we appear to have dodged any frosts without having to light the ‘bougies’ (hurray!) and the young shoots are growing fast. This photo of the Chardonnay vines...

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