Even with this great variety of weather we have had over the past few months, our grapes are on track to make a fantastic vintage this year, with harvest looking to start later than previous years.
The vines have all now undergone the bud rubbing process which involves the removal of any shoots and buds that grow on the lower parts of our vines. This process makes sure that all the nutrients are sent to the grapes, and it is a vital part of vine growth. Our team have also started thinning out the shoots where they aren’t wanted – an ongoing process across the second half of the season.
The vines are currently being tucked, which is where the canopy wires of the vines are moved so that the shoots that have grown (very tall in some cases!) are controlled within the wires. This allows further work and attempts to keep the vine under control to allow our expert vineyard team to work their magic.
It is a busy time in our winery too, with the team working hard disgorging and labelling all your favourite wines, ready to enjoy on our terrace or at home with friends and family, as well as preparing for the harvest season ahead.
As this year’s harvest season looms, we thought it would be the perfect time to ask our vineyard and winery teams which Bolney tipple they would recommend as the perfect summer serve. Here is what they think:
Stay tuned for our next vineyard update soon – in the meantime cheers to you!