From your manager’s desk to your mum’s handbag, if you’re anything like us you probably love the chance to have a snoop around somewhere you’re not usually allowed to go.

And if that’s the case then you are in luck, as this autumn (until mid-October) we are offering the general public guided viewings of the harvest process here at Lyme Bay Winery in Devon.

If you’ve always wondered how we get from grapes on the vine to wine in the bottle, come and meet the Winery team who will walk you through the process from the grapes being received, crushed, de-stemmed and pressed.

As if that’s not enough, the viewing ends – of course – with the chance to try some of our range of outstanding English wines in the Winery shop, where our friendly and knowledgeable shop staff will be on hand to guide you through the tasting process and answer your questions.

Successful harvest

You may remember news stories from earlier in the year about severe frost snaps devastating vines across the country. Thankfully our vineyards had a lucky escape, thanks to their proximity to the Lyme Bay coast which brings in warm south-westerly winds, protecting the vulnerable young shoots from sub-zero temperatures.

“The early dry weather this summer also provided optimum conditions for flowering in the vineyard”, explains vineyard manager Rob Corbett, predicting “Seyval Blanc, will be the star of the show this year, with above average yields, and look out for the Brut Reserve 2017.”

See for yourself

We can never quite predict for how long and on what dates we will be harvesting our grapes so do feel free to get in touch with our friendly team here at the Winery via email at [email protected] or by calling us on 01297 551355 to find out what is going on!

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