Natural Vineyard Blog: February 2020

by / Friday, 07 February 2020 / Published in Uncategorized

As the vines lie dormant for the winter and restore their energies for the growing season ahead, we are about halfway through our winter pruning. Cutting off excess canes from the plant is critical, as it maintains integrity of the plant and prevents excessive leaf and grape density, which can weaken production.

Trial plantings of new varietals on the vineyard are already yielding some interesting results. With both whites and reds in the experimental plot, we are hopeful that some vines will be yielding fruit this harvest for tasting. Watch this space!

This is the perfect time to reflect on the positive effects of Denbies’ natural vineyard practices. With 265 acres under vine and 7 miles of footpaths within the estate, we at Denbies have a huge responsibility to protect the natural environment. Whilst we wish to promote the optimum growth of our grapes, we also have a duty to ensure that we do this in a considerate manner which protects the plentiful flora and fauna.

Our resident vineyard bats do a superb job of pest management, controlling the population of spotted wing drosophiliae, fruit flies which break the grape skins and lay eggs inside. This does considerable damage to grapes during the summer and autumn months.  With chemical pesticides largely ineffective at controlling these flies, due to their rapid breeding, we are delighted to have a natural solution to protecting our grapes.

Over the past 10 years, we have almost entirely eliminated any requirement for pest control here at Denbies. Instead of following a set schedule of spraying numerous times throughout the year, our Viticulturalist carefully assesses the vineyard and sprays only at critical times, minimising any adverse effects.

To further safeguard our natural vineyard, herbicide use has also been almost eradicated here at Denbies. We encourage the growth of natural grasses amongst the plants, to draw up water from the soil and stop the vines from becoming waterlogged. A perfectly manicured vineyard may look neat and tidy, however we believe that healthy plants and a healthy environment is paramount. Following similar practice to that of organic vineyards, sulphur ‘recovery spraying’ of the roots does take place where necessary and chicken manure is used to enrich the vineyard soil.

The whole team at Denbies continue to strive to promote and protect our natural environment throughout the seasons, for the enjoyment of all and importantly for many future generations.


To Our Valued Customers


Please note, all areas of the business will be adhering to new social distancing government policy, thank you in advance for your consideration.  Please note, due to reduced numbers on the outdoor tour, we strongly advise booking on-line in advance, reservations may be available day thank you.

Due to revised government guidelines introduced Saturday 8 August 2020, can we respectfully request that visitors wear a mask on entering the building and on both the indoor & outdoor tours.  Masks are not required for dining or the tasting element of the tours. 

Forgotten your mask?  We do have a limited supply available (subject to availability), please ask at reception.

The Visitor Centre is now open, including all facilities
Indoor & Outdoor Dining/Vineyard Hotel/Outdoor tours


Sparkling Outdoor Tour & Gallery Restaurant dinner/Afternoon Tea Hamper & Tour/Secret Vineyard Trail & Tasting

VINEYARD HOTEL is now open

CONSERVATORY RESTAURANT is open daily between 10am - 4pm
Table service only/hot food available 12noon to 2pm


Enjoy £10 off per person

The discount can be applied to food and/or non-alcoholic drink purchased for consumption on premises, up to a maximum discount of £10 per diner (inclusive of VAT).  This includes soft drinks and/or packaged snacks, as long as they are for immediate consumption on the premises.  There is no minimum spend requirement.

‘THE HATCH ON THE LAWN’ Outside Marquee seating available
Selection of hot & cold drinks & snacks
Daily 10am – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 6pm/ Sunday 10am – 5pm

Please note, only food and drink purchased from Denbies may be consumed on-site


Open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday for lunch 12noon - 3.30pm, advance reservations only

Set price menu £24 for two courses/£30 for three courses

Your English Vineyard Wedding in Surrey

Congratulations!  Making plans for your special day?
Whilst the main estate building and hotel remain closed to the public, we are happy to offer social distanced wedding viewings from Saturday 20 June.
For more information and to book a viewing, please contact

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The safety of our customers and staff is of primary importance,
please observe social distancing guidelines, card transactions only

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