Leicester Mercury Business Awards – Ceremony

A vibrant night at the Tigers Stadium for the awards night, hosted by Emma Jesson. To her surprise our vintner, Liz Robson, won the “Entrepreneur Award” for 2017, which she considers a testament to not only her own hard work but the sterling support from Matthew Broughton, Laura Hadland and some amazing volunteers. Little time to linger for photographs as Mabel had to be collected from doggy day care and then preparations made for harvesting some 6 hours later!!!

Leicester Mercury Business Awards Panel Debate

Our vintner, Liz Robson, was nominated for the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award by the Leicester Mercury. Part of this award process was taking part in a panel discussion with 3 other nominees. Lots of questions about women in employment, but sadly none on English wine. Rosemary Connelly chaired the panel marvellously. A stimulating experience, and you can guess which one Liz is – wearing her pruning gillet.   

Wine Tasting Groups

Since our grand opening three groups of lovely people have visited the vineyard for a tour, tasting and “bring your own picnic” option. See the radiant smiles of the Woodhouse Eaves Book Club members.

Our wine tasting with Thirst Media have been very well received and all have been fully booked. These are run on certain Saturdays over the summer. See the “Visit the Vineyard” page for more information on how to book.

Beacon24

Russell Clarke with a gift for the Raffle

We are pleased to support the fundraising event called Beacon24 run by Falcon Support Services. They are conducting an endurance event at the Beacon over 24 hours – hence the name. We have donated a bottle of wine for the raffle, which Russell Clarke collected yesterday.

See more about this exciting event at  http://www.giving-back.co.uk/beacon24.asp and on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/beacon24/. This worthwhile charity’s website is: www.falconsupportservices.org.uk

Day 107 – Grand Opening of Accessible Route

The sun shone down brightly on the 50  people who assembled to see the highly respected wine educator, Sue Lobb Dip.WSET, open the accessible route on Sunday 23rd April. There is a paved pathway from the courtyard to accessible toilet/wet room then round the garage to the conservatory tasting room. After this the pathways are grass on wider vine alleys which we mow and roll regularly. Of course adventurous wheelchair users can always go “off piste” when the ground conditions are dry. With five media representatives present we were thrilled with the support given. More on the events page.

Pruning Starts

The hens were miffed to have been left out of the pruning party on 3rd march. When they saw 14 bedraggled pruners coming in for lunch they then realised they were in the best place!!! Many thanks to our valiant pruners who worked so productively in difficult conditions. Believe it or not, they want to come back and do more pruning!Pruners 4 Pruners 3 Pruners 2 Pruners 1

NHS Retirement Fellowship

St Andrews Church Hall

Liz braved the chaotic roadworks on the Aylestone Road, and drove to St. Andrews Church Hall to talk to about 55 members of the Leicester NHS Retirement Fellowship. After a warm welcome the little LED projector rose to the occasion (it can struggle unless a room is very dark) and the audience enjoyed the presentation. BUT….they enjoyed tasting the wine even more!!! A great chat at the end, with warm wishes sent to former colleagues who Liz has not seen in years.

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Gelato Village Wine Pairing

gelato bites rothley wine  There are still a few tickets left for our event at Gelato village in St. Martins Square, Leicester on Tuesday 28th February. £10 to taste our lovely wines with the adorable flavours of this gelato. Really looking forward to being there and participating in this brilliant idea with Laura Hadland. See https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Leicester/Gelato-Village/Gelato-Bites-Discovering-Leicestershire-Wine/12907752/

Harvest 23/24 Sept 2016

Our intrepid volunteers gave brilliant help with grape harvest on two consecutive days – with plenty of food coming from North’s delicatessen and Rothley Fisheries. 800kg of solaris grapes were picked and processed on Saturday afternoon. A big thank you to our noble volunteers – we cannot manage without you!

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Harvests!

Tricky to anticipate harvest date because the grapes make the decision! Anyway, we anticipate:

  • Friday 23 Sept SOLARIS (picking only)
  • Saturday 24th Full SOLARIS harvest with treading and pressing
  • Friday 30 Sept SIEGERREBE (picking only)
  • Saturday 1st Oct Full harvest SIEGERREBE with treading and pressing
  • Friday 14 Oct RONDO (picking only)  
  • Saturday 15th Oct Full RONDO harvest with treading and pressing

10am start on Fridays and 9am starts on Saturdays. Volunteer information here Round Robin – Volunteer Information-16Sept16

For the science buffs here is the brix (sugar reading) chart KP-Pre-Harvest-Brix-Record-19Sept16

Please get in touch if you are interested. We need to know who is coming to make catering arrangements. Email: rothleywine@btinternet.com

Here is a photo from last year.