The ‘pook’ effect

The ‘pook’ effect

The creation of the vineyard has changed the local landscape, and continues to do so as the infrastructure is still being built. We have seen this year how the new fencing becomes weathered quite quickly, even the stakes and tubes look less prominent, and most of all the vines fill out to soften the wonderful geometry of the vineyard layout. There is something strangely pleasing about the sense of order which the vine rows create in contrast to the centuries old less formal landscape.

A good summer for growing everything

A good summer for growing everything

The weeds did extremely well too, with various parts of the vineyard favoured by contrastingly different types. No doubt we’ll also discover how the vines fare differently across the 70 or so acres. But for this summer, the weeds provided added interest, with the southern fields most liked by various members of the thistle family, including many award winning milk thistles, such as this one pictured here in September. 

From planting to trimming

From planting to trimming

Our progress at Pookchurch moved from preparing the land at the start of the year to planting in April and May. The vines have done well, helped by a wet June and a warm end to the summer. In July we selected the strongest shoots to encourage stronger growth and root development, and reduce crowding in the tubes. Removing 120,000 tubes ( and then replacing them) is a lot of work, but was done in two weeks by the Vine Works’ team.