Grapes - posh plants or down and dirty agriculture - Featured Blog Post at PumpjackPiddlewick

I don’t know about you, but I never really thought about wine grapes and their vines as part of agriculture. In fact, when associated with wine, ‘agriculture’ sounds almost like a dirty word. Don’t you think? To me grapes aren’t a crop, like wheat. They are too posh for that.Continue Reading

Grape harvest time in the vineyard with Pumpjack Piddlewick

September is a balancing act of preparation and patience in the wine world, as we wait for the starter gun to fire. The call came in at 6 o’clock in the evening. “We have to pick NOW!” I dropped everything. It’s all Go! Go! Go! when it comes to harvestContinue Reading

What is it like to be a harvest widow " PumpjackPiddlewick

There’s a term in the the wine industry, a ‘Harvest Widow’. I’m a Harvest Widow. In fact this is my 6th time being a widow. No, I haven’t butchered 6 husbands and hidden them under the vines. Though harvest time may give one ideas. Harvest season is the best ofContinue Reading

You watch the vines come to life in the spring and then slowly the leaves start to unfurl and tiny grapes begin to make themselves shown.  You harvest, you press and ultimately you make wine. Then you watch, wait, test, test again, keep testing, adjust, taste, adjust, put in aContinue Reading

Our first harvest was a limited success at PumpjackPiddlewick

A year in, and our first harvest is in! It has been made into wine and is now in barrel. I for one am really proud. Particularly of Pumpjack for all the hard work he did, through out the last year, to make the vineyard produce something we could actuallyContinue Reading