Denbies Wine Estate is brimming with activity around the vineyard with bud burst in full force. Walking around the estate you will notice the first signs of growth on the vines ready to soak up the summer sun known as bud burst.
Bud burst is the process where the vines first being to produce new shoots and leaves. During winter the vines are in a dormant state without leaves. As the warmer weather makes a return during spring and summer, the vines emerge with new growth and leaves. Whilst walking around Denbies, you can see the first signs of what will eventually be glorious bunches of ripe grapes for harvest. At this initial stage, the grapes are tiny and compact and need nurturing for optimum growth and high quality.
The vines at Denbies Wine Estate will ripen over the summer ready for harvest in October. Early ripening grapes such as solaris may even be ready to harvest as early as the beginning of September. The vineyard is closely monitored by the Vineyard Team who manage and maintain the vines. Different varieties of vines require different maintenance and as such it is a big task for the Vineyard Team who always deliver exceptional quality grapes for the Denbies Winemakers.
Not only is the vineyard bursting back to life with new vine growth but Denbies facilities have now reopened to visitors of the estate. The Secret Vineyard Tour guides you on an intimate level the process of vineyard management from bud burst to harvest with a Denbies Wine Expert. Walking at a leisurely pace around the vineyard with selected tastings along the way, you will get an exclusive insight into Denbies viticulture with access to areas of the vineyard not accessible to the public.
With onsite dining, tours, tastings, afternoon teas, food and wine matching experiences, and Denbies Vineyard Hotel – you will certainly have a great day out in the heart of the Surrey Hills. For all the latest news and developments – follow our social media accounts below or sign-up to our mailing list for Denbies news delivered straight to your inbox!