Today's job was to filter the luscious 2014 red wine in preparation for bottling. This is going to be a great wine. But it will need 10 years resting quietly in the cellar before reaches its full potential.
The end of winter pruning. Its the very best bit of the annual cycle. Four hard months out there in the cold, snip, snip, snipping away. But now its done and its time to relax and to enjoy the warm spring sunshine. Here's Sally transporting some of the cuttings to the burning point. We will burn 30 tonnes of old canes to reduce the risk of disease this season.
We are busy winter prunning during the short, cold days of January. This is when we decide how many bunches of grapes we want on the plant next season. We use the 'double Guyot' trellising system and prune to give 16 bunches of grapes per plant. That's 3 bottles of wine from each of our 7,000 vines.
You can now taste Barnsole wine at a wonderful new Tapa and wine bar called 'Bench' on Ramsgate's seafront. The house sommelier, John, has a great depth of knowledge and will talk to you about Barnsole's wine.
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Barnsole produces white, red and sparkling wines at our vineyard and winery near Canterbury. Visitors are welcome to look around and to enjoy a free tasting. Alternatively, a one hour tour of the facility is offered for a small fee. The tour includes a talk about English wine, the vines that we use and a look at the wine making process, finishing with a tasting of the wines we have for sale. Wine is sold exclusively from the winery door.