Eighty-two rows with over 3,000 vines were planted in 2010, sponsored by Gripple, who regularly send their ergonomist to inspect the vines and give advice. The vines are a mixture of red, white and rosé grapes.
Two further rows of 150 vines were planted in 2013. They are a new variety of grape called Phoenix. The two new vines are a sparkling variety but will not fruit for three years.
Roses are planted at the end of each row as they act as an early warning of mildew. Both roses and vines suffer from mildew but the roses are affected first. Pruning takes place during February–March.
We had a small harvest in September 2013 and the grapes were taken to Halfpenny Green Vineyards to be processed into wine … the result: 500 bottles of rosé from 2871 vines!
2013 vintage, Steel City Rosé
Martin Vickers owner of Halfpenny Green Vineyards and Winery, said: “Whirlow Hall Farm vineyard is an exciting new venture, and although quite northerly and high it enjoys an open, sunny aspect and perfect soil conditions…
This wine is a delightful rosé which has already had rave reviews at our tasting. As the vines mature and the years go by, the vineyard will be producing a range of wines including white, red, and sparkling.”
Hugh Facey, the chair of the wine club, paid tribute to those who had backed the venture. “The harvest and crop management was totally the work of volunteers of the Trust and we are also indebted to a number of firms that supported this initiative.”
Last edited on mlSep 2nd, 2015