What’s been happening at the vineyard this month?
News of awards, harvest and other things going on at the vineyard in August.
- Véraison is a viticulture (grape-growing) term meaning “the onset of ripening”. It is originally French, but has been adopted into English use. The official definition of véraison is “change of colour of the grape berries.” This month we’ve been checking that this maturation has taken place successfully and the berries have an increasing amount of sugar in them.
- Following several weeks of heatwave, we’ve also had some much welcome rain. This has meant the team spending time checking all the vines to make sure they have remained free from disease.
- In the cellar we’re working hard to organise things for the harvest. Fifi is fitting the harvest machine and we’re all planning the weekend for when our shareholders visit, as well as preparing barrels to rack the 2014 white and red wines.
- Hector has joined the team to help out, as things get busier. He has been working on personalised labelling as well as running tastings in the shop.
- We’re looking forward to hearing the results of the latest Hachette guide. We’re confident that we have received some awards but won’t know the number of stars, or the wines chosen until the end of August/beginning of September.