Year in the vines - the end
14 Aug 2009 by Richard Hemming
A year has now passed since my first vineyard dispatch on 14 Aug 2008 [three weeks before our dramatic site redesign even - JR]. I have bud-rubbed, trained, trellised, machete-d, harvested, tied down, tucked in and pruned my way through 12 months at Gusbourne Estate in Kent. I have frozen, burnt and drowned in those fields, all the while watching the cycle of growth, from budburst to flowering to veraison to leaf-fall (albeit not in that order). I have cursed, sweated, soiled, stubbed and tripped my way up and down those bloody rows, and loved every last throbbing minute of it. Now that the year is complete, the series concludes....

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