BUDDING WINE MAKERS GIVEN THE CHANCE TO GET HANDS-ON AT TWO EVENTS AT TOP NORFOLK VINEYARD
Budding vintners have the chance to get hands-on with two important aspects of wine making at a pair of events at a leading Norfolk vineyard this month.
Chet Valley Vineyard is inviting wine enthusiasts to a Pruning Event on Friday 16th February, and a Blending Event on Saturday 17th February.
Taking place in the vineyard, the Pruning Event will be led by Andrew Matthews, who has recently returned from the renowned pruning academy run by Marco Simonit and Pierpaolo Sirch in Fruili, Italy.
During the morning Andrew will demonstrate how to tend the vines and explain the principles of the technique, much of which is applicable to pruning soft fruit trees and other shrubs. Participants will have the opportunity to get hands-on with the vines, and the event will be capped off with soup and rolls in the winery.
The Blending Event on the following day will reveal the secrets of blending wines in an English winery. Chet Valley Vineyard wine maker John Hemmant will explain how tannins, acidity, sweetness and alcohol all affect the aromas and flavour characteristics of the vineyard’s wines.
Participants will get the chance to create – and taste - their own blends, and the morning ends with a light lunch served in the wine hall, with spectacular views across the vines.
Both events run from 10am to 1pm; the Pruning Event costs £10 per person, while the Blending Event costs £30 per person.
For more details, and to book, visit www.chetvineyard.co.uk/events.