Vineyard Year – Flowering
Spring gradually turns to summer in the vineyard. In the second half of June the flowering of the vines is a crucial moment in the vineyard calendar, as pollination is the beginning of the formation of this years grapes. A warm dry period is ideal, without which the grapes may not ‘set’ properly, ultimately compromising the harvest. In a good year, when the climate is kind to us as in 2009, the crop will be bountiful and may even need thinning to maintain the quality associated with our English Oak brand.
With the development of an evolving leaf canopy, growth accelerates and it feels like every day in the vineyard is now spent training and controlling the vine’s development within the multiple wires of the trellis system through a process known as ‘tucking-in’. Our vines are trained to the Guyot method, the most common but by no means only method employed in UK vineyards. Excess buds and shoots that continue to spring from every vine need to be painstakingly removed to protect the coming harvest. At this point, the precise length of the season is an unknown, since annual climate variations can cause divergence between early and late years running into weeks, all we can do is wait in anticipation of the grape berries change in colour.Back to article list