Vine­yard cel­e­brates vin­tage year for grapes

Gloucestershire Echo - - BUSINESS -

» 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

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