November Wine Blog

by / Thursday, 29 November 2018 / Published in Uncategorized

What a wonderful year it’s been! Whilst Denbies’ winery team works as hard as ever fermenting, bottling and taking care of our young wines, we look back over a successful and bountiful 2018 to examine what made it such a great harvest here at Denbies Wine Estate.

Conditions in March were chilly with very heavy rainfall, leaving us wondering when we would see sunshine. However this rainfall left us in very good stead for the heat and dry weather to come, with good water reserves for the vines to draw on throughout the summer months. Things began to warm up, with an exceptionally sunny May, resulting in early bud burst and Growing Degree Days well ahead of average. Continued warm weather meant strong growth in June and bud burst to flowering in just 60 days, followed by ideal conditions for fruit set. With little rainfall, berries were in perfect health and predictions for an early harvest began. July brought more hot and dry weather, with this month being one of the hottest on record. This meant early ripening for many varieties, by as much as several weeks. August once again saw above-average temperatures, with little (but welcome!) precipitation, with largely dryer than average temperatures right through until October. This enabled our harvest to take place a couple of weeks earlier than usual here at Denbies, always a welcome event to reduce the risk of any early autumn frost affecting the berries. Therefore the combination of steady sunshine, heat and low rainfall gave us a record-breaking yield, with well-ripened, near-perfect berries.

Denbies premium offerings from the 2018 harvest will include a varietal Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Bacchus made from top-quality parcels of fruit, as well as a Ranmore Hill blend, made from noble varieties such as Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. We will also have a stunning range of sparkling wines to look forward to, including our award-winning Greenfields blend.

We look ahead to an exciting new year at Denbies and raise a glass to an exceptional 2018 harvest, with the promise of some of our finest wines yet!


To Our Valued Customers

In accordance with current government guidelines,  The Hatch on the Lawn takeaway refreshments and the Wine and Gift Shop (which operates an off-sales licence) are permitted to remain open during the current lockdown.  

Denbies Online Shop is also open for deliveries and click & collect.

All areas open to the public at this time are fully COVID compliant and risk assessments have been independently verified.


If you have made a reservation which may be cancelled due to current government guidelines, you will be contacted via e-mail by Denbies Events Team.  Reception will be closed, therefore the telephones will not be monitored

Please follow government guidelines at all times - information here

Unfortunately due to the current government guidelines, the main visitor centre has to remain closed. As the Denbies toilet facilities are located within the building, they are not classed as public toilets and therefore must remain closed. 

Denbies operates an open access policy for visitor to make use of the vineyard for recreational purposes. If anyone has any concerns regarding the limited facilities at this time, we are updating the website regularly and also communicating via email to visitors who have signed up on our website.

Thank you for your consideration and patience at this time.

During this time the following will be open;

The Hatch on the Lawn (located at the front of the building)


Daily 10am - 3pm

Saturday & Sunday 10am - 4pm



Denbies Wine & Gift Shop

Daily 11am - 2pm

Saturday & Sunday 10am - 4pm

20% Off all wine purchases 6+ bottles/mixed case applies

On-line Shop delivery

Last Orders for Click and Collect  10am - 3pm

20% Off all wine purchases 6+ bottles/mixed case applies

On-line Gifts & Vouchers

Monetary e-vouchers ◊E-Gift Experiences

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