Beauty or Beast from the East?
Whilst Great Britain buckled under the icy clutches of the ‘Beast from the East’, its vineyards could not have looked any more picturesque if they tried. Social media exploded with a flurry of wintery photos ranging from snow dusted vineyard vistas to people physically skiing through the vines! Scroll on for a selection of our favourite snowy vineyard moments.
The vines at Woodchurch Estate looked particularly dashing dressed in white. This picturesque Kent vineyard produces a range of hand-crafted, award winning sparkling wine.
The sprawling vineyard view from Hambledon Vineyard was shrouded by a mysterious snowy mist - a figurative ode to its ancient heritage.
The team at Westwell Wines Estate were of the opinion that the super-cold conditions were actually good news for British vineyards. Early warmth in previous years has triggered vines to produce vulnerable buds, which are then damaged by late frosts - this cold weather could potentially delay budburst and hopefully avoid such frost damage! Warden Abbey Vineyard in Bedfordshire re-tweeted in agreement - ‘Our bumper harvest was 2013, when the coldest March in 50 years was recorded. Bud burst that year was the 7th of May - a month or more later than in 2011 and 2017, both years where we had devastating frost damage’.
This month’s super-cold conditions are actually good news for our vineyards as cold weather delays budburst. Early warmth can trigger the vines to produce vulnerable buds which can then be damaged by late frosts. Another reason to enjoy the snow! Photo credit: Ady Kerry #englishwine #englishvineyard #beastfromtheeast
With three young children, it’s no wonder the Holton family of Brissenden Vineyard decided to make a snowman. And what an epic snowman it turned out to be! Having recently moved to Brissenden from London - this thriving vineyard has a bright, family orientated future.
The Rathfinny Estate Drone took to the sky over their snow dusted slopes - we loved this aerial shot of their winery. This gargantuan (by English standards) Sussex vineyard will soon be releasing their first ever and much anticipated Sussex Sparkling.
Oatley Vineyard’s ‘Leonora’s 2014’ looked particularly refreshing in its natural ice bucket. We love the vines reflected in the glass!
Amber Valley Wines - Derbyshire - looked pristine in it’s winter outfit. Barry Lewis described the raw weather as cold enough to strip flesh from fingers - he wisely postponed pruning to return the next day with renewed optimism and thicker gloves!
Wintry scenes amongst the vines as the Beast From The East leaves beauty in its wake. Cold raw wind that feels like it could strip flesh from fingers don’t make for ideal pruning conditions. Think I’ll return tomorrow with renewed optimism and thicker gloves. #englishwine #Derbyshire #derbyshirewine #derbyshirewine #derbyshirehills #derbyshireliving #britishwine #wine #wineporn #peakdistrict #beastfromtheeast #sky #hills #vineyardlife #vineyard #pruning #freeze #instagram #instawine #instadaily #instagood #picoftheday #photooftheday #photography
Pruning continued as normal at Humbleyard Vineyard in Norfolk. Credits to Graham Barton for bravely battling the elements and uploading this chilly looking evidence.
A very wintry looking Halfpenny Green Wine Estate in South Staffordshire, pointed out that their vines are grown to survive our British winters. Thank goodness for winter dormancy!
The vines at New Hall Vineyard in Essex were almost indistinguishable underneath a thick blanket of snow. Now for a refreshing glass of their delicious Bacchus!
Whilst Sharpham Vineyard glistened, its winding country drive became a deadly ice trap - rendering the Estate inaccessible for two days. Snow like this is a rarity in Devon so Manager Tom rushed out to capture the magic on camera!
The pruning team at Tuffon Hall Vineyard, North Essex, donned hats, gloves and scarves in order to carry out this vital vineyard task. Hopefully the beautiful views made up for the frostbite!
Norfolk experienced the heaviest snowfall in years - much to the enjoyment of Rose the resident dog at Chet and Waveney Valley Vineyard. She watched on, while winemaker John braved the snow for pruning.
Rosie the vineyard dog keeps an eye on @ukwinemaker pruning in the distance with his electric secateurs. Watch those fingers!! #vineyarddog #winerydog #dogsofinstagram #chetandwaveneyvalleyvineyard #southnorfolk #englishvineyard #pruningseason #italianalders #alders #permaculture #sustainability #proudlynorfolk #proudlynorfolkfoodanddrink #englishwinery #englishsparklingwine
Whilst others complained and shivered, the team at Redhill Farm Estate unearthed their skis and went off-piste. We’ll be along with our snowboards next time!