Hello and welcome to Deer park wines! It’s been a busy few weeks for us, building this website, stripping errant leaves and, most importantly, harvesting the first of our 2020 grapes. So let us take you through it.
To start off with, welcome to the website, we’re glad you found us. The site as it stands is an ongoing project of ours so expect tinkering and a few rough edges as we get it up to shipshape. Above you can navigate around and read on the history of the vineyard and the wines we have on offer. As off writing we are unable offer online deliveries, yet we are hot on it and should be available soon!
Moving over to the important topic, the vineyard itself. This year has been a strange one in many ways, and that includes the weather, however our vines have managed to pull through and are looking magnificent in this late September summer. Much of this is thanks to the help of many volunteers of ours who helped strip the lower leaves of the vines, exposing the grapes to the goodness of the sun. It truly is gorgeous down there, and we have been delighted to show a number of people around as we start our vineyard tours.
With September though comes the beginning of harvesting. Here at Deer Park Wines we grow a number of different grape varieties, each of which ripens at its own pace. To ensure we pick them at the right time we carefully monitor them, taking selections of the bunches and checking their acidity, sugar levels, and flavour so that we can pick them at just the right moment. For many of them this bit of sun has heralded their time, and we have had a number of picking days already. With the help of local volunteers, we have already picked much of our grapes with the Reichensteiner, Solaris and Bacchus varieties already off the winery. These picking days are a great chance to get out, do something, and socialise whilst being able to be socially distant. With the bigger picking days (looking at you Seyval blanc and Pinot Noir) being a bit longer, we stop for a lunchbreak, with a BBQ and a glass of wine on us. If that interests you, then let us know, and don’t worry about the weather, we can only pick on nice dry days anyways!
This is just a short update of Whats been happening here at Deer Park Wines, with more to come in the near future. As we navigate through the murky waters of 2020, we will keep you up to date with the latest happenings here at Deer Park Wines.