Spring Vineyard report

by / Friday, 23 March 2018 / Published in Uncategorized

Spring Vineyard report – March

The vines are currently coming to the end of their dormant period so we are pleased to report that there are no adverse affects from the latest spell of cold weather. The real concerns of the vineyard team will start in the coming months when, as with every year, the possible threat of a late frost will linger until well into June.

As with every winter/spring transition the threat of frost is very real and can have a devastating impact on the Autumn harvest. Therefore Denbies have the most up to date anti-frost measures which are deployed with a military like precision should the need occur. The tow and blow machine, resembles a large desk fan and oscillates the air therefore preventing ground frost. Likewise, the frost buster is driven through the vines, again for air movement. A very important factor is the creation of temperature fluctuations: at each passing of the Frostbuster, the temperature rises shortly and drops again. These fluctuations create a big part of the protection that is obtained with the Frostbuster.

On a positive note, the replanting programme is taking shape with the Hillside planting of Chardonnay almost complete. Further Pinot noir will be planted in The Dell to meet the increasing demand for English sparkling.

Dr. Ludmil Anguelov, Denbies Vineyard Manager will commence trialling an experimental planting of six varietals, new to the Denbies estate . An acre in The Dell will be planted with the following vines;

Syrah – red

Johanniter- white (early ripening, frost resistant)

Sauvignon gris – rose (early ripening, frost resistant)

Traminer – white (mid early to late ripening)

Cabernet Mitos – dark red (early ripening, frost resistant)

Muscaris – white (early ripening, frost resistant)

Ludmil has also taken on an special project to enable visitors to fully appreciate his passion for the vineyard. He has created a terrace in the middle of the vineyard which is nearing completion. During the summer months this will be a destination for vineyard dining, evening recitals and wine tasting experiences to complement the outstanding views of the surrounding area.

(pictured – Lumil’s terrace)



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

Apologies - we are unable to respond to phone enquiries during this period of time.  Please visit the website for future reservations.  For amends to existing reservations ONLY, please email [email protected]  We are only able to offer limited response at this time.

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