A few months have passed since our last newsletter and during that time a lot has happened here at Greyfriars Vineyard and we don't just mean GDPR! Most importantly in April and May we survived the dreaded English frost season once again and everybody at Greyfriars breathed a huge sigh of relief when mid-May came around and we were able to put the candles back in the shed and cut the sacrificial canes away. The buds broke unscathed and the plants are now in full swing and the warm, dry weather has really helped the vines during Spring. It is a shame that as we type this newsletter, the weather outside the window looks wet and gloomy.
It has also been an exciting period in the winery. Firstly we have a number of new wine releases. The rather exquisite individually numbered and limited edition sparkling Cuvée Royale which is an amazing blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the 2015 vintage, which was released to coincide with the Royal Wedding. This wine has already attracted a lot of press coverage including Susie Barrie in Decanter Online who picked it as one of her 15 English Sparkling Wines for Summer 2018. We have also released our non-vintage Sparkling Rosé to complement our non-vintage Cuvée. This lovely fruity pink fizz is perfect Summer drinking! We are also releasing the latest vintages of our limited release still wines in time for our Open Day this Saturday.
It is international wine competition awards season again and once again we are delighted
with the medal haul for Greyfriars wines across all the competitions we entered. We have won a total of two Gold medals plus nine Silvers and thirteen Bronzes with the undoubted highlights being golds in the 2018 International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) for our 2013 Unoaked Blanc de Blancs and our 2014 Sparkling Rosé Reserve, both of which are drinking beautifully now.
Thank you to all of you that have attended our tour and tasting events, they have already been a great success this year and we have had a lot of fun hosting them. There are plenty more to come, however, nearly all the time slots have now sold out, so we highly recommend booking the available dates soon.
If you are unable to book or attend a tour and tasting then why not take advantage of our Open Days. As always you will be able to sample a large variety of our wines, including new releases, as well as meeting the winemaking and vineyard team. Our first Open Day of the season is this Saturday June 2nd 10am - 4pm.You do not need to book and you can turn up at any time throughout the opening hours. You can view our other Open Days and events here....