Happy new year everyone! We here at Oxney are back and putting plans in place for the year ahead. Inevitably this leads to some reflection and revisiting 2019. And (this is hard for a Scandinavian who has lived in England such a long time to say…) 2019 was a great year and a lot of people in the UK, US and rest of Europe seemed to agree we did an amazing job. Ok, that’s over and I am not quite blushing!
2019 was our fifth harvest here at Oxney and with the grapes off the vines, pressed and in barrels and tanks becoming wine we have time to reflect.
We are writing this as the 2019 harvest is a day away. And it is, literally, chucking it down outside. We’re cleaning, getting tractors and picking boxes lined up. Sending too many text messages to the chap in charge of the 15 Romanian pickers we are expecting.
The vineyard looks amazing and we are greatly relieved. To have a good grape harvest there are five plus things that all have to go right in a vineyard over the year.
We are really excited. After planting another 22,000 vines last week Oxney is now the largest organic vineyard in the UK with a total of 14 hectares. Hurrah!
Huge excitement in the team this morning – our Classic 2014 English Sparkling Wine has been awarded a silver in The International Wine Challenge.
We started the year with a very balmy early Spring. The buds burst early and the vineyard was an incredible sea of light green, fresh shoots. Then the dreaded frost came…
Sussex! Standing in for Father Christmas we are delivering Classic 2015 for free in Sussex, Kent and London between 13-15 December 2017. A range of gift wrap options are also available…
Join the Oxney Sparkling Wine Club and enjoy delicious wines every quarter! A perfect Christmas present. If you love wine and want to be part of the Oxney family this is one for you.
Spend quality time in the vineyard with new tours and our two stylish shepherd’s huts. We have launched a new format to our vineyard tours and you can now also book on our web site.
The launch of the first sparkling was a great success. We had a huge amount of people on the day and through November and December sales rocketed culminating with Ben
Oxney Organic Estate, the winery and vineyard in East Sussex, has launched Classic 2014, its first organic English sparkling wine. Oxney has already won medals for its still rosé
The Oxney English Pinot Noir Rosé was awarded the Waitrose rosé trophy for the most outstanding still rosé wine at the English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition
The buds are out. It is a great sight, and yet totally terrifying. During the winter months, i.e. post harvest, we have hand weeded, pruned, tidied up and burned the prunin
This time last year we had picked our first harvest and had started making wine. This morning I spoke with David Cowderoy, our consultant winemaker, and he talked about late October
It is a slightly unreal moment. After what seems like a lifetime of effort we have a wine that’s bottled, labelled and with our newly acquired premises license ready to share
We have finished pruning and have a lovely and tidy looking vineyard (and a slightly painful right hand – next year I will get those electrical secateurs).
We are blessed with a fantastic year in 2014. We will have our first harvest of grapes in October and everything is being done to help ensure top quality grapes.