Vineyard Hobbits’ Highlights
Looking back on 2020 is not something many people will do with fondness, I imagine. We have seen many of our friends, both those in our personal life and in the hospitality industry, struggle with the impact of the Coronavirus. But, on reflection, we have much to be thankful for this year and we have had some amazing highlights, which we would love to share with you.
Our loyal customers and friends
We have had amazing support and loyalty from our customers throughout the year and, although Cellar Door visits were minimised, we have been lucky enough to continue to talk (on the phone and virtually) to many people. During the first lockdown we had several special offers and a free delivery service to help those stuck at home. We were so pleased that these were so warmly received.
Our wonderful customers also led to us being named Best Vineyard in the Cotswolds in the Cotswolds Awards 2020. The award was the result of a public vote and we cannot thank you all enough for this. We were also thrilled to be a finalist in the Food/Drinks Producer of the Year category in the SoGlos Awards 2020.
We also won the following medals for our wine this year, despite many wine competitions being cancelled or postponed.
- Glass of Bubbly 2020: Silver, Spring Fling category, Bulari Rosé 2015
- WineGB Awards 2020: Bronze, Arlington White 2018
- WineGB 2020: Bronze, Arlington Red NV
- International Wine Challenge 2020: Commended, Arlington Red NV
- Sommelier Wine Awards 2020: Commended, Bulari Rosé 2015
In June this year, Waitrose put our Bacchus 2018 on its shelves in 29 stores across the country and in its online Cellar, increasing our visibility and attracting many more wine-lovers to our wines and spirits. Our hand-picked Bacchus grapes were also used by Laneberg Winery to make a wine for Fortnum and Mason, which went on sale in August.
And although we have not been able to attend our usual range of festive Christmas Markets this year, our sister company, Bibury Trout Farm, has been able to take our wines to farmer’s markets to sell alongside their trout products. If you want any trout and wine pairing tips, keep an eye out for our newsletters and on the website.
A good harvest
Early in the year, we had not only Coronavirus and a National lockdown to contend with, but we were heartbroken when our vineyard suffered from a late frost, which destroyed many of our low-lying vines. Despite this, we had a far higher quantity and quality harvest than we expected and our 2020 wines will be ones to watch out for.
In the vineyard, we are continuing to watch our Pinot Noir vines grow, and can’t wait to share our new wines with you.
On a more personal note, the vineyard Hobbits (Natalie and I) have continued to work when possible throughout the year, along with the vineyard pooches, Minnie and Phoenix. Minnie reached the ripe, old age of 14 this October, which we celebrated with a tasty treat for her and glass of Bulari each for us. Although, we have really missed seeing many of our customers at the Cellar Door and sharing work and our wines in Tour and Tasting sessions, we have still been able to enjoy working in the vines and dropping off orders in our trusty yellow van “Oui Oui!” We are really looking forward to 2021 and the time when we can freely welcome you all back to Poulton Hill Vineyard again.
Tiléri and Natalie