Where does the year start?
We say "The year seems to follow the calendar year, so we start with winter pruning straight after New Year celebrations" In fact to prune all 3 Vineyards - The Valley, Marches, and Clos - takes over 1000 hours.
When can you tell if the buds are healthy?
Bud burst occurs at the end of April. As we discovered this year, some buds may still be lost if there is a frost!
Do the vines need to be fed?
The vines at Valley Farm Vineyards are vigourous and on fertile loamy soil over chalk. Elaine says "it is really important to check that the vines have a balanced mineral diet so we will do random soil checks."
What happens on the Vineyard during those lazy hazy days of summer?
Come along and see for yourself! Book a tour and/or a tasting - or invite us to be part of an event you are planning.
How do the grapes get harvested?
By hand with a local labour force - and across the 3 Vineyards we might pick 13 tonnes of grapes over 2 or 3 days. This happens when our partners at the Winery,Knightor, are content with the acidity and sweetness of the grapes and the weather is fine!
When does the wine become available to drink?
The bubbly takes 2.5 years!
The still wine becomes available in the May following the harvest.
How do you know what to do?
We have both done some studying but we are really lucky - Janet and Jonathen Craft, the former owners, are mentoring us so we are learning on the job.