News from Hendred Vineyard

Vine nursery

Time to plant a new generation of vines.  Biagio the local expert, has been perfecting his technique for a few years and the ground is prepared very carefully before the cuttings are installed.  A mystery creature has squashed a few.... is it the curious muntjack or the sneaky fox.....
Posted by Eileen on Mon, 03/04/2019 - 09:23

Tying down

After pruning, shooting canes are tied down to trellising, in preparation for the start of budding.  Shop next open for tasting and sales of remaining Hendred Brut on 13th April.
Posted by Eileen on Thu, 02/28/2019 - 09:17

Shop open this Saturday 9th February 2-5PM

All welcome to drop by and taste some Hendred sparkling
Posted by Eileen on Fri, 02/08/2019 - 10:48

Saw, lop, prune and another vine is done.....

The frosty vines are undergoing a brutal pruning to neaten them up for the new season.  This diligent work takes time but is such a pleasure when the sun is shining, despite the cold.  Local vineyard expert - the legendary Biagio can tame the most unruly vine.
Posted by Eileen on Thu, 01/31/2019 - 09:53

All is quiet in the deep dark vineyard

As the sun rises on the bare vines at the start of a new year, we reflect on how the growing conditions of 2018 were so good to produce a healthy crop and hope that 2019 brings good weather again.   The vineyard lies tranquil for now, in rest, before the magic of the growing cycle starts all over again.
Posted by Eileen on Tue, 01/01/2019 - 15:37

Hendred folklore

The folklore associated with the harvest at Hendred Vineyard is intriguing and several villagers have approached us to see if this ancient tradition will ever be re-enacted.  So for the October 2019 harvest we seek to assemble a posse and harvest the grapes the old fashioned way.  If you can harvest some grapes without any fingers in the basket (they spoil the wine) then you qualify for some kind of lunch feast - asserted in folklore as a key part of the tradition.  We will just be doing this… continue reading
Posted by Eileen on Tue, 10/30/2018 - 10:01

Golden leafed vines

The vines are glowing with autumn colours and resting......   Shop opening for tastings and sales of Hendred Brut ALL Saturdays in December 2-5pm and for one Friday only 23rd November 12-1.30pm.
Posted by Eileen on Mon, 10/29/2018 - 16:16

Harvest time.....

Phew, the grapes are in, double the usual quantity, earlier and beautifully clean thanks to the warm and sunny summer.  Now transferred to our expert winemakers to start the fermentation process which will take about two and a half years to complete, using the traditional method to create sparkling wine.  Also in progress is a rose which will be ready next summer; the juice is tantalizingly sweet already.
Posted by Eileen on Wed, 10/17/2018 - 09:57

Silver medal awarded for Hendred Brut sparkling wine!

Delighted to have been awarded a silver medal for the 2014 Hendred Brut at the Vineyards Association wine competition.  A pleasure to taste many of the other wonderful English wines available at the event.
Posted by Eileen on Fri, 09/07/2018 - 13:35

Veraison almost complete

Grapes soaking up the sun and almost ready for harvesting.  Shop next open Saturday 27th October 2-5pm.
Posted by Eileen on Sun, 09/02/2018 - 21:06