Vineyard report May 2017

by / Thursday, 04 May 2017 / Published in Uncategorized

As you may be aware from press reports, most vineyards in the south-east of England experienced frost damage last Thursday morning.

Denbies have several anti-frost measures which have been deployed extensively over the past couple of weeks.  The tow and blow machine (pictured), (which resembles a large desk fan) 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, however, even with these extensive measures in place, with temperatures recorded at -.6⁰c it was impossible to avoid damage in certain areas.   We have to give huge thanks to the vineyard team, in particular Dave Fallon, Vineyard Manager, who worked tirelessly throughout the nights.

The damage is patchy, in parts the vineyard has lost quite a few of the primary buds but we still remain optimistic for a crop that will produce a quality harvest if not as big as the last few years.   If you are visiting the vineyard, you will see areas where buds are already starting to come through.

However, there is some positive news.  Over the past 4 years, Denbies has experienced outstanding harvests which have enabled the winery to have at least two years supply of wine in stock.  This ensures that both internal and external wine supplies will not be affected in any way.

At the moment it is too early to assess the extent of the frost damage but we will be providing regular updates on the Denbies blog.

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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.

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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

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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)

OPEN FOR TAKEAWAY REFRESHMENTS

Daily 10am - 3pm

Saturday & Sunday 10am - 4pm

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Denbies Wine & Gift Shop

Daily 11am - 2pm

Saturday & Sunday 10am - 4pm

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On-line Shop delivery

Last Orders for Click and Collect  10am - 3pm

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