Vineyard

The Vineyard

Growing vines in the UK has developed considerably in recent years. As a result many new vineyards are being established. There are many reasons for this new found success including a greater understanding of viticulture and the planting of hybrid vines that ripen well in our latitudes.

We planted our first vines at  Strawberry Hill Vineyard in 1999 and have continued to expand with further planting each year since then.

Outdoor grapes in the lower field…

One of the founding principles of the vineyard was to produce exclusive fine wines in ways that had not been attempted before.

2014 strawberry hill by kate lesley046

In 2002 we took the bold decision to plant over and acre of vines in our commercial glass houses. We were unable to locate anyone else in England that grew vines in this way so when it came to growing and trellising we had to ‘write the book ourselves’.

Here at Strawberry Hill Vineyard we have done much to successfully pioneer growing vines under glass and in doing so we have created a climate that is protected from the irregularities that other vineyards experience. We currently produce wine from four varieties of grape that we grow under glass; Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.

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We have found that growing vines under glass has many advantages and benefits, chiefly that our growing conditions are less affected by the UK’s inconsistent seasons.

The growing year is some four to six weeks longer, temperatures are consistently higher and this has eliminated any risk of frost damage in early spring when bud burst occurs. Loss of fruit from bird attacks is negligible and hostile insects are eliminated by the use of natural predators rather than traditional spraying.

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Please browse through our wines page to see our full selection that we produce from our estate. If you wish to buy wine please visit our online shop.

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Here in west Gloucestershire we have a well drained, rich Devonian sandy soil plus a favorable micro climate that has encouraged us to plant banana palms and other tropical plants. Our banana palms planted in 2004 have flourished well producing the first bunch of some 100 bananas in the summer of 2007.

Banana palm fruiting

 

 

4 thoughts on “Vineyard

  1. How close are you to London and do you have tours and wine tastings at your winery? We do fundraising travel and want to send about 20 couples this year to the Cotswolds including a wine tasting experience. Please give best price.
    Thank you for your quick reply.
    Barbara West
    President, American Fundraising Foundation

    1. Hello Barbara.

      Thank you for your enquiry.
      We are a small vineyard that specialises in producing exclusive wines from varieties such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon that are grown under glass. We are about to begin harvesting and so would be unable to offer tours at this very busy period.
      We would be most pleased to receive your party next year when we will have extra staff and facilities for tours and tastings.
      Kind regards

  2. Can you tell me what if any additives you use in your wines. I have a sulphur allergy and therefore cannot drink wine with this in it?
    Many thanks
    Lindesay

    1. Hi Lindesay, Unfortunately the wine making process uses sulphites. We do try to use natural predators for pest control and plan to use ground source heat pumps to extract energy from the greenhouses minimising our impact on the environment – but this will not help your allergies I’m afraid! Many thanks for getting in contact.

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