This week, we've been thinking about Christmas traditions with new articles on our Time Well Spent page. Discover the history of gift-giving at this time of year and the origins of some Christmas country customs. Maybe they will inspire you to adapt some of these ideas to your own traditions this year!
When should you prune a vine?
When to prune and train. The main pruning time is early winter (late November or December). Pruning later can cause the vine to bleed sap, weakening the plant. Training and pinching out of new shoots, as well as thinning of fruits, is carried out in spring and summer.
Enjoy our range of wines across the year at special member prices and become part of the Woodchester Valley team as you join us for an exciting year in the life of the vineyard and winery through the seasons.
Receive a case of six specially-selected bottles in Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn.
Christmas has arrived at Gusbourne with our gift collections now available. Our beautifully packaged selection of presents solve many a gifting dilemma and are guaranteed to arrive on time for all orders placed online before 18th December.
Something cool to do from home
We are running Virtual Wine Tastings in collaboration with wine educator Abbie Bennington from ABV Tastings. Abbie is from Wokingham and has been working in the wine industry for over a decade, organising tastings and wine courses.
As predicted, many vineyards had a smaller yield than last year, due to a combination of frost, a dry spell earlier in the year and rain during flowering. Having said that, the fruit was excellent, beautifully ripe and very little disease, despite the persistent rain in the last couple of weeks.
We're open for self-guided tours and cellar door purchases daily from 10am to 5pm. Please register with us at The Nest before setting off for the self-guided tour. Please note, we are unable to offer guided tours or tastings due to current restrictions. Our full safety protocols can be found here