Fancy pick­ing grapes and have a free lunch?

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(in 2016) so it’s go­ing to be good one.”

Vol­un­teers are asked to wear sturdy footwear and to bring a pair of scis­sors or se­ca­teurs.

They are asked to meet at 9.30am on Mon­day out­side the win­ery.

Any­one who fan­cies help­ing out is asked to email: con­tac­tus@ holm­firthvine­yard.com – so that the own­ers have an idea how many peo­ple to ex­pect.

Becky de­scribed the num­ber and size of the grapes as “im­mense”.

“I have never seen grapes so large and so many. It is be­cause we had a beau­ti­ful long and warm sum­mer.”

She added: “I have never seen grapes so large and so many. It is be­cause we had a beau­ti­ful long and warm sum­mer.

“The birds have full tum­mies be­cause of the abun­dance of flies so they haven’t touched the grapes.

“The rain of the last week has plumped up the grapes but be­cause the sug­ars in the grapes were so high it (the rain) has di­luted the sugar lev­els so the flavours are go­ing to be in­cred­i­ble.

“These red and white grapes are go­ing to be our best ever.”

The vine­yard’s own­ers have bounced back fol­low­ing a dev­as­tat­ing fire in Oc­to­ber 2016 which nearly sent them out of busi­ness.

With help from their bank, the Shevel­ings cre­ated a new brand, Shevel­ing Wine Es­tate, and in­vested £1.5m in the busi­ness.

They cre­ated a new restau­rant, a re­vamped win­ery and cre­ated a space for con­fer­ences and wed­dings along with self-cater­ing apart­ments.

They also bought land on York­shire’s east coast where they planted 19,000 vines.

The vine­yard at Holm­firth is one of a hand­ful of thriv­ing vine­yards in York­shire, among them Leven­thorpe Vine­yard in Woodles­ford on the out­skirts of Leeds, and the York­shire Heart vine­yard at Nun Monk­ton, be­tween Har­ro­gate and York.

Holm­firth Vine­yard isn’t the most northerly in the Bri­tish Isles as there are vine­yards in Northum­ber­land and there are vines grown in a poly­tun­nel on the is­land of Unst, the most northerly of the Shet­land isles.

Wine pro­duc­tion in the UK can be traced back to Ro­man times when the cli­mate was slightly warmer than it is now.

Holm­firth Vine­yard is on Wood­house Lane at Holm­bridge, HD9 2QR. There is a brown tourist sign on Wood­head Road which di­rects driv­ers to the venue.

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