Hencote’s first vintage

by | Oct 23, 2017

Hencote is extremely proud to announce that our first vintage of 2017 is now complete. We began our harvest in mid-September and finished picking the last of our grapes on 20th October, from which we hope to produce Hencote’s first vintage of still and sparkling wine.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our pickers who volunteered this year, all who helped us realise our first vintage. We hope you all enjoyed your experience and that we will see you again next year, where we expect to increase our harvest fivefold to 20,000 bottles!

The 2017 vintage has been characterised by some of the warmest Spring and early-Summer temperatures in Shropshire in the last 15 years. Together with an unseasonably warm October, the favourable weather this year would lead 2017 to go down as one of the best vintages in Shrewsbury in the past decade and a perfect year for Hencote’s first harvest.

This can be reflected in the quality of grapes we harvested, which promise to produce excellent quality sparkling and still wines.

As the rains cleared towards the end of September we were able to harvest our grapes without significant weather or disease-pressure. As such, we were able to pick our grapes at the perfect balance of ripeness and crisp acidity that will allow us to produce sparkling wine of exceptional quality.

Of course, our quality of grapes couldn’t be achieved without the hard work of the vineyard team here, who quite often worked from daybreak until sunset every day of the week to make our excellent harvest a reality.”

We are very excited to be bringing you four wines from the 2017 harvest:

A still white from 100% Solaris grape, which is already showing promising stone fruit and tropical notes

A still rosé from Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Rondo blend developing hints of red fruit and cherry

A sparkling 100% Seyval Blanc, which will be light, crisp and with citrus and green fruit aromas

And finally our signature sparkling Classic Cuvée from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, which after three years ageing we hope will produce a wine of breadth and complexity. Look out for release in Spring 2021!”


Please keep an eye on Hencote’s upcoming vineyard tours and wine tasting events in 2018 where we will be extremely excited to showcase Hencote’s first vintage.

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