Vineyard celebrates vintage year for grapes
» WINE growers at Poulton Hill Vineyard, situated in the heart of the Cotswolds, are celebrating a bumper crop, with more than 20 tonnes of grapes picked over a three-week period.
A warm summer meant the UK grape harvest was the earliest – and one of the largest – since 1982, with the yield up a third on last year.
“The final tonnage came in at a recordbreaking 22 tonnes, smashing all of our harvests to date. We are thrilled,” said Tiléri Charles-jones, managing director of the three-hectare vineyard, which was established in 2010.
“Even with five days of rain which halted picking, the fruit was harvested in record time,” said Tiléri.
Last year’s harvest yielded 15 tonnes of grapes, and the fruit was still being harvested in late October.
All Poulton Hill Vineyard’s wines are pressed from grapes picked by hand and are suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
Customers won’t have to wait long to try the 2018 vintage, which will be on shelves and restaurant wine lists from May next year, with Bulari sparkling wine available from 2020.
Tiléri Charlesjones celebrates the early harvest at Poulton Hill Vineyard near Cirencester