The main interest here is growing table grapes, but there are also wine varieties. In 2018, a test was done using the Russian red hybrid, Golubok, and the French-American red hybrid, DeChaunac (Seibel 9549), which were planted in the polytunnel in 2015. No chemical sprays were used on the vines, and no sugar or any preservatives/additives were used during winemaking. The growing season began approximately two weeks late, on account of unusually cold weather in March. Budburst was on the 27th of April for Golubok and the 1st of May for DeChaunac, budburst dates more typical for outdoor
It’s not everyday that royalty drops into Rathfinny, but this week Her Royal Highness Princess Anne came to officially open their new winery buildings: The ‘Cellar’, which will store all their wine whilst it matures in the bottle ‘on-lees’ and the ‘Bottling’ centre that will house all their bottling, riddling, disgorging, labelling and packaging equipment.
Wine producers in Britain will plant a record 1m vines over the next 12 months, allowing growers to produce 2m more bottles of wine a year in the south of a country not historically known for its viticulture.
The figures demonstrate that wine is one of the fastest-growing agricultural products in the UK. Over the last 10 years the number of acres planted with grapevines in England and Wales has grown by 135%, according to the English Wine Producers trade body.
Among those planting new rootstocks are two big French champagne houses, Taittinger and Vranken-Pommery Monopole, which have announced