Huge thanks to all the wonderful people who volunteered to help with the 2021 grape harvest at Chet Valley Vineyard.
The harvest this year had been delayed by the very cool weather experienced in Norfolk in April and May. As a result grape picking did not begin until early October when normally harvest would begin in mid September. The entire crop was safely gathered in by lunchtime on Saturday 30th October in comparison to Wednesday 7th October in 2020 ie over 3 weeks later. Many people enjoyed the grape picking in glorious fresh air safely distanced from others but close enough to enjoy happy banter and a lunch in the new winery. There was quite a bit of clearing up as usual at the end of the day. The Cabernet Franc and Pinot noir produced particularly beautiful bunches and the resulting pressed juice has incredible aromas. Very promising for some fabulous wines from the 2021 vintage. The quality of the grapes and the yields were increased this year so we are looking forward to increasing our wine stocks. John sold out of all of his still wines around harvest time but has sparkling wines in stock in the run up to Christmas and New Year. The recently harvested grapes will be fermented and bottled ready for release in April next 2021 when the new season of tours and tastings commences.
John is in the process of producing a Blanc to noirs – English sparkling wine so watch our updates for further news. Subscribe to our newsletter to be kept in the loop on new wine releases and events. Especially if you would like to become involved in the vineyard and winery activities. We are always happy to welcome people keen to help with pruning in Spring and harvest at the end of the summer.
Many thanks to everyone who helped.
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