The Calancombe Estate
Although the start of grape harvest for this year is still about 3 months away, it is a critical time for us, and we need to do everything we can to pick and bring in the grapes as quickly and efficiently as possible.
To do this we need to put together a team of keen and enthusiastic people to pick the grapes - grape picking can be very sociable and has proved to be a great opportunity to make new friends or just to be outside in the countryside. Even if you have never taken part in a grape harvest before you would be very welcome to come along and help.
The actual dates for harvest will depend on the weather from now until harvest and on the type of grape. This year we will be picking 3 different varieties of grapes and I have given a rough indication of when we may be picking is :
Madeleine Angevine – 3 days – mid-late September
Bacchus – 3 days – late September/early October
Pinot Noir - 3-4 days -late October (possibly early November)
Picking will start at 8.15 am each day with a briefing on what to do, including health and safety and any necessary social distancing and hygiene requirements, and end at about 2.15 p.m. Unfortunately, due to weather we may only be able to confirm the day before that picking will actually take place, so a little flexibility is required! We will aim to try and pick at weekends too to give those of you who are working a chance to join in if you wish.
Coffee, tea, cakes and biscuits will be provided in the vineyard mid-morning and, at the end of the day’s picking at around 2.30p.m, a light lunch and glass of wine will be provided in the winery. Also, we will give you a bottle of Calancombe Estate wine to take home with you each day and invite you to a tasting, in early summer 2021, of the wines we have made from the grapes you harvest.
I appreciate not everyone can commit to picking every day but at this stage, it would be helpful to understand how many people would be interested, how many days you can commit to and which days of the week you would be available. It is really important for us to ensure that we have enough pickers each day. Finally, whilst we love dogs, we cannot allow dogs in the vineyard during harvest.
If you are interested please complete the below form.