Bumper harvest at Off the Line Vineyard!

22nd October

Grape harvest underway

We are lucky to have lots of excellent vineyards around Heathfield and this harvest time has been a good one. One of our favorites, Off the Line Vineyard is delighted to announce that it has been a bumper harvest this year. The quality of the fruit was exceptional and yields good. The weather has been kind and the final months of the growing season were reasonably dry and warm. Harvesting started early on 19 September with volunteers on the Rondo pick. In fact this is the earliest grape picking for Off The Line vines. They finished picking on 12 October when they brought in their Pinot Noir which was super ripe for making still rosé.

Owners Kristina and Anne Marie commented “We would like to thank everyone who helped bring the harvest in. Each year we are building up more and more regular pickers including many local people who find that although picking is hard work, it’s an enjoyable and rewarding experience. It really is the fruition of a year of hard work and the nuances of the year’s weather. Given the unprecedented challenges that 2020 has brought, it’s felt extra special and we feel lucky to have so many great people help us make the year a success. “

Owners Kristina and Anne Marie

Now that the harvest is in and the grapes pressed in the winery, it is a busy time managing the fermentation and wine making process. Luckily having fruit of high quality makes the job a lot easier. Acidity in the juice is the best they have ever achieved so they have high hopes for the 2020 vintage.

“It was so good to welcome a record number of people to Off the Line during August after lock down restrictions were eased many people visiting on foot or bicycle using the Cuckoo Trail entrance. When we reopen in the spring these wines should be ready to drink. We can’t wait!” commented wine co-owner, Kristina.

Halloween discount offer

To mark Halloween why not treat yourself to a bottle or two of of their wines? If you buy online before 31 October using Discount code TREATROSÉ you will get a 10% discount. You can shop online by visiting https://www.offthelinevineyard.com/wines Local deliveries are free so call 01435 812661 if you’d like to place an order. It’s not Christmas yet but pays to get in early!

Over 18s only & please drink responsibly.