This month in the vineyard we are pruning the vines and fixing the trellis system, and cutting back the Essex Way windbreak to allow more light into the vineyard. It may be a little chilly at times, but we are being kept entertained by an unexpected vineyard resident…the Dedham Vale Nessie:
Not Jurassic Park in the Stour Valley, but an otter fishing on the lake. #Otterwatch has now become something of an obsession, with the Tasting Barn ideally placed for wildlife spotting at lunchtime! Thanks to Simon, our on-call wildlife photographer, for staking out the lake to catch these photos!
In the winery, we are bottling our Red 2012 Reserve which is tasting absolutely delicious. Our 2010 Red has sold out, but this exciting wine will be in the shop in time for Valentine’s Day. The 2014 wines are currently in the stainless steel tanks that line the winery and are waiting to be filtered prior to bottling in early March. Bottling the 2014 wines heralds price changes at the Vineyard! We have extended our wine deals both online and in the shop until Saturday 28th February, and prices change on 1st March, so don’t miss out.
We have more events planned for 2015 than ever before – visit our Events page for listings. Our next is a Vine Pruning Course this Saturday, followed by the the reason we believe the otter has come to visit us: Meet the Oysterman: Haward’s Oysters, on Saturday 21st February. The second in our ‘Meet the Maker’ series, Richard Haward’s talk will be accompanied by native oysters, a seafood platter and a glass of Dedham Vale Bacchus – how can an otter resist?