his was a very busy year with little time to update the website.
Fortunately we escaped the spring frosts which affected many vineyards and good flowering conditions produced a potentially big crop. The weather wobbled in August and early September and we wondered if the grapes would ripen sufficiently. However nature balances things up and October was warm and dry enough to ripen the grapes although we delayed starting the harvest by a week. Volume was around 25% up on our average and we had a huge crop of cider apples as well. Lots of hard work made easier by our loyal band of volunteer pickers and machinery operators.
The annual Wine Competition for vineyards in the Midlands and North of England was held in mid November with over 100 wines entered. We were pleased to receive Gold and Silver medals for our Steeplechase Sparkling 2011 and 2012 respectively and Best in Class for our Naseby 2014 red.
We also entered the CAMRA East Midlands Beer and Cider competition in Nottingham again and won Best Bottled Cider for a second year, this time with our King Richard III still cider.
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