As we approach Christmas and the silly season, we thought it was time for a roundup of the Greyfriars year. To say it has been a mixed year is an understatement! Early bud burst, followed by two weeks of late frosts, resulted in us lighting our industrial candles in an attempt to keep the temperature in the vineyard rows to protect the buds, above freezing. Fortunately, damage and losses were minimal and great weather during May and June, led to some excellent secondary growth in the frost affected vines.
However, July and August gave us more rain, humidity and problems to solve. This typical British weather inconsistency meant we had erratic growth and it was nothing short of a challenge to keep everything on track. Despite all of this, veraison was still two weeks earlier than expected and the sugar levels in the grapes were some of the highest we have ever recorded. As we prepared for harvest, periodic sunshine helped continue the ripening. Harvest commenced during the last week of September and lasted 19 days, giving us our highest ever yield of 124 tonnes of beautiful, clean and healthy fruit.
2017 has been a game changer for Greyfriars. We have won a record number of awards and accolades including a Gold Decanter Worldwide Wine Award for our wonderful 2013 Blanc de Blancs as well as seven Silver Decanter medals and a slew of others. The icing on the Greyfriars Sparkling Wine cake was having our 2013 Blanc de Blancs listed by Tom Stevenson “Mr Fizz” in the international quarterly periodical “The World of Fine Wine” as his top English Sparkling Wine out of over 100 sparkling wines tasted, scoring 98 points.
Since harvest, the Greyfriars Team have not stopped as we build up to Christmas. With numerous tastings and events, our sales are booming. It has been a pleasure to meet so many of you at these events and to witness you enjoying our award winning sparkling wines. Please visit our website for details of events and our cellar door opening times in the run up to Christmas. For those who live too far away to visit us, do not forget we are offering free delivery on all orders over £63 direct from our website. In addition, have a look at all our newly added accessories online, perfect for Christmas stocking gifts for the wine lover in your life!
New tour dates, Open Days and events at the vineyard will be posted online early in the new year.
Watch out on social media over the next couple of weeks for competitions to win an exclusive strictly limited edition “Harvest 2017 T-Shirt”.
We look forward to seeing many of you at Greyfriars before Christmas and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Sparkling New Year!
With love from Mike, Hilary, David and the Greyfriars Team.