Become a sparkling winemaker! This is a great experience for you or a friend to become a winemaker. From our vineyard you will be able to pick the grapes, crush and press the fruit, have a go at disgorging and off with 6 bottles of traditional method sparkling rose.
Recommendation from 2022 Red winemaking day
“Just a quick note to say thank you for our great experience with you.
When we take a sip from our glass, we will think of your enthusiasm and passion, and the great time we had picking the grapes and making our Wine! “
Make six bottles of your own sparkling rose, using the traditional champagne method.
Our winemaking day is split over 2 mornings, spread out over 14 months.
On the first day (date TBC but probably 21st/28st September… please keep these dates free), you’ll meet the winemaking team for coffee at 10am, to discuss how to select and harvest the best grapes for your very own wine.
We will provide all the equipment, you just need to bring suitable clothes for the day.
We’ll then head out into the vineyard, for you to pick enough grapes to make your wine. Depending on the year, the grapes will be Rondo, Dornfelder, Acolon or Pinot Noir.
Once back in the winery, in turn, you’ll be able to put your fruit through the crusher and destalker, and then into our small press. The juice will then go into a fermenting bin, ready for you to taste, before adding the yeast.
To finish the morning, you’ll have a tasting of our award winning wine.
Over the winter, we’ll settle the wine for you, start the secondary ferment, and bottle your wine. (There is an option to also get involved with this stage as well if you’re available.)
Before the second day, we’ll prepare the wine by “riddling”, so the sediment will settle on the bottle cap.
The second day, will take place about 14 months after the picking day. This length of time is necessary to allow the wine to slowly ferment in the bottle, giving time to the wine to mature.
As the final stage is a more complicated process, we will allocate times to each group.
We’ll demonstrate how to safely disgorge a bottle of sparkling wine, and give you the option to disgorge your own.
Finally the bottles are “topped” up, ready for the champagne cork and cage to be applied.
Vouchers will be posted out to recipients.
All our wine is shipped using Royal Mail 48-hour service, and packed securely in specialist wine courier packaging.
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