We have now completed six harvest since taking over Greyfriars in 2010. These have ranged from small two tonne picked in a day affair in 2011 to a back breaking 100 tonne pick in 2016.
One More Wafer Thin Grape
What a season. A promising start with a warm start to the year, followed by a more promising flowering, followed by a more promising fruit set, followed a very promising verasion. Bunch counts, re bunch and one last bunch count all led to what became a record breaking harvest for most English vineyards.
For 2018 Greyfriars had no frost and nothing but warm weather and an increasing number of bunches of grapes, with very little disease risk. The main problem turned out to be wasps, who took a shine to our early ripening varieties and certain rows were decimated by the pesky insects. However with the amazing growing season and number of bunches the wasp issue had very little effect on the harvest.
The year took a lot of us by surprise and will go down in grape growing history. A predicted 140 T harvest ended up being a 202T extravaganza. The winery struggled to process the amount of very ripe fruit the vineyard was picking every day and a 14 day pick ended up taking five weeks. The result being the winery bursting at the seams but with some fantastic grapes to make some more award winning wine.
Tonnes Picked - 202
Greyfriars gets serious.
A reasonable start to the year with a good fruit set and a solid summer season with some sunshine and heat. A very wet and windy September had us worried, but we fought off disease and had our first 100+ tonne harvest
Tonnes Picked - 109
Wet Wet Wet.
A terrible year for any grower of fruit and in particular English wine producers. Everything that did go wrong did. It was reported that many wine producers were unable to make any wine from this year's crop. Greyfriars had a tough time but we still managed to pick a decent crop and despite the awful weather throughout the year, the fruit was clean with acceptable levels of ripeness.
Tonnes Picked - 2
The Frost Awakens.
The first half of the season was even harder than 2016 presenting us with a a few sleepless nights of frost busting, high disease pressure and a poor fruit set. Following a very warm few weeks following the frost in May the season then flipped between very dry or very wet with version occurring two weeks before we expected. with dry weather, David and the vineyard team, having kept disease away all through the growing season, delivered high quality and ripe grapes in October
Tonnes Picked - 125
We need a bigger tank.
A wonderful harvest from a legendary vintage in England. A slight miscalculation in the vineyard and winery resulted in an extra 11,000 litre tank having to be shipped in during harvest from our friends in Germany!
Tonnes Picked - 93
Small but exquisitely formed.
Our very first harvest which resulted in a very small yield but with very high quality fruit.
Tonnes Picked - 2
A Year of Two Halves.
The first half of the season was very difficult; frost, high disease pressure and a poor fruit set. Following a warm August with dry weather, David and the vineyard team, having kept disease away all through the growing season, delivered high quality and ripe grapes in October
Tonnes Picked - 100
A New Dawn .
The first crop to come from our new plantings and our first harvest to take place at our newly planted Monkshatch site. This was a new challenge for the vineyard team to pick such a large yield of grapes. Varieties picked included Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Sauvignon Blanc.
Tonnes Picked - 49