A dry summer and sunny September, characterised by blistering daytime temperatures and warm nights, have contributed to perfect ripening conditions. Denbies winemaking team predicts 2016 to be one of the most successful vintages ever for the estate. Denbies’ CEO Chris White comments: ‘The quality is expected to be quite exceptional this year. We
With the kind permission of Denbies Wine Estate, at the end of May we gave our bees new fields to fly in at Denbies vineyard. Over a week-end, with a hand scythe and a strimmer, docks and six-foot high nettles were cleared and slabs laid on which to place the hives. The first swarm to
Denbies Wine Estate is delighted to announce that they have been awarded a gold medal by the International Wine Challengeⁱ for Denbies Sparkling Greenfields Cuvée NV. The gold awards were announced on 9th May, by eminent wine writer and presenter Oz Clarke in Central London. For Denbies, celebrating its 30th year, it is particularly rewarding to
Vines have undergone winter pruning and are now lying dormant for the winter. Vineyard Manager Duncan McNeill gives us an overview of our current pruning techniques on Denbies Estate: “There are two main themes to our pruning, which have been developed over the last few years: Pruning for quality as opposed to high yield Pruning
Celebrating its 30th year, Denbies Wine Estate, England’s largest vineyard, was delighted last Thursday evening to be the recipient of two major South-East business awards. Denbies received the coveted Gatwick Diamond Business of the Year Award 2016 and the Green Business of the Year Award 2016, presented at a gala dinner for 600 guests
Report from the Vineyard Manager Duncan McNeill A later start to the 2015 harvest meant that the vineyard could fully benefit from the early autumn sun and indeed picking is taking place well into November for the second consecutive year. The cooler and wetter than average weather of August and September has been replaced by
Following the record breaking vintage of 2014, Denbies Wine Estate, England’s largest vineyard, is now poised for yet another outstanding harvest, with predicted volumes exceeding that of 2014. Although volume predictions are high, since the middle of August, cooler and wetter conditions have been prevalent. For the third year in succession August was the wettest
As always, this is an important time of year in the development of the vineyard, here is a summary of the current status: Vine Growth & Crop – end June 2015 : Growth is moving quickly despite the recent cooler than average temperatures (apart from today 1st July). The 2015 season is now 14 days
Beekeeping report from James Boar – Denbies Beekeeper Over the last couple of months we’ve been getting hold of and assembling new hives. The bees became active early this year – towards the end of March – and are now busily making honey. We’ve just swapped two of the hives out, and moved the colonies
Producing sparkling wine is challenging and fun. It is the wine style with the most potential for interventions possible for altering the wine style during its production. After producing the base wines the wines are left to settle and rest before tasting and the final assemblage which traditionally is done at the beginning of spring.
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