Took the dogs for a walk around England’s largest vineyard yesterday – Denbies in Dorking, Surrey.
The weather was glorious, on the hottest October day since records began. Clearly, you want warm, dry weather like this just before harvest to help the grapes reach ideal maturity. Yields looked a bit patchy: some varieties seem to have [...]
Some pictures of grapes ready for harvest at Fanagoria winery. The hygeinic status of the vineyards I’ve seen so far has been excellent – they’re really well maintained. Yields in some of the vineyards are on the generous side, though.
Some pictures from yesterday. Great time of year to be in the Douro with vintage just starting.
Just back from an amazing mini-trip to the northern Rhone to visit Chapoutier, who are the largest vineyard holders in Hermitage, one of the world’s great wine appellations.
Hermitage is the home of Syrah, but also makes some fabulous white wines, chiefly from Marsanne. But it’s a relatively small appellation, occupying a contiguous block of a [...]
On my way home now, but here are some more Sonoma pictures. The light was just so good this week.
Seen some amazing things over the last few days.
A vineyard in Elqui at 2000 metres, in the Andes
The Elqui Valley
Tabali’s amazing new vineyard in Limari, on limestone, near the coast (above), and Vina Leyda’s new vineyards in Leyda (below).
There’s something great about visiting wine regions. On Thursday and Friday I was in Châteauneuf du Pape, in France’s Southern Rhône. It’s an interesting region with four distinctive terroirs, including the famous galets roulés (big pebbles over clay soils) which account for around 60% of the appellation. The vines are trained as gobelets (bush vines), with [...]
Arrived back this afternoon. Flight was made uncomfortable by a cold that I’ve developed. I’m now feeling a bit lousy. So I don’t really feel up to anything more than posting a couple of pictures from the trip. Top – Awatere, Marlborough; below – Waiheke; bottom – Waihopai, Marlborough.
It’s another gorgeously hot, sunny day here in London. The vines are loving it. Above there’s a Pinot Noir flower cluster beginning to develop (this will, given nice weather during flowering, end up as a modestly sized bunch of grapes), and below is a shoot tip on another Pinot Noir vine.
Here’s a nice picture of a vineyard. Where is it?