summer in the vineyard at Pumpjack Piddlewick

Summer in the vines means they are all tucked in. Ready to bask like a tanning guru on a beach towel in the summer sun. Job done. (Hoooo-Ray!!) The next couple months the currently tiny grapes will grow and grow (hopefully) and by late August or September reach their fruitionContinue Reading

Tucking in the vines with Pumpjack Piddlewick

In the vines, in the vines, where the sun certainly shines. We are now in full swing of tucking in the vines. I love the picture these words create. It always makes me think of tucking the vines in to bed for the night.  And, in a way, it isContinue Reading

Vineyard summer work with Pumpjack Piddlewick

Summer in the vineyard is the time for getting the vines ready to grow their grapes.  The scenery couldn’t be more gorgeous, well, unless it were Norway, but that is besides the point. As I work, I have the wonderful opportunity to look about me at a quilted hillside. LikeContinue Reading

Pumpjack Piddlewick Who We Are

If you’ve read any of our posts about working in a vineyard, you’ll be coming to realise that a vineyard’s work is never done.  Each season brings a different requirement. Obviously harvesting grapes in autumn, then there is pruning in winter. And spring in the vineyard? It’s all about de-budding. Continue Reading

It’s another tough year in the vineyards here in France. Spring is the time when, like all plants, they start to bud. Called bud burst in vineyard speak. But these sensitive buds are also very prone to frost. And some years are definitely worse than others. Spring? In the past,Continue Reading