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Vineyard pruning update

Thursday, 07 April 2016 by

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

Harvest 2015

Friday, 30 October 2015 by

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 The cooler and wetter than average weather of August and September has been replaced by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.

Following the two recent incredible harvests, Vineyard Manager Duncan McNeil has prepared a report as to how these two consecutive years developed through the seasons. Compare and contrast the two years and this gives an insight into the challenges and variance’s of English wine making. 2013: A very cold period from February through until early

2015 pruning up date

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 by

Here is some Chardonnay from Yew Tree Field, pruned, tied down and ready to go for 2015.  The initial start to the 2015 pruning season has been made a lot easier by the mild weather and  combined with the cold nights has allowed the pruning canes to ripen off properly.

2014 summary from the Winery

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 by

Winery update 2014 was a wonderful year for quantity and we are now beginning to see that it was also great on quality. The 2014 wines are now nicely tucked up and resting in either full stainless steel tanks or barrels, and it is now that they begin revealing their full potential. Shortly we shall

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