The week in pictures

Picking grapes at Bibenden, Kent.

It goes without saying that climate change is Very Bad.

Unless, of course, you have a vineyard in the UK.

Viticulturists across Britain had We Plough the Fields and Scatter stuck in their heads on loop all week, as thanks to an absolute scorcher of a summer England is witnessing its earliest grape harvests since records began.

“The whole wine industry is excited about the potential this harvest brings which will probably lead to the highest level of production ever,” Simon Robinson, Chairman of WineGB, told the drinks business via an extremely chirpy statement to the press.

“The wine industry is a bright star in the UK agricultural sector which is concerned about the post-Brexit world.”

Hand-picking at White Castle vineyard, Wales.

Julian Barnes, at Biddenden Vineyard in Kent, is optimistic for harvest 2018: “This will be our earliest harvest since Biddenden was established 49 years ago. We’re expecting a big crop, with plenty of ripe fruit in the vineyards and fellow Kent producers concur. However, as any good farmer will tell you, nothing is guaranteed until all the grapes are in the winery!”

Bob Lindo at Camel Valley Vineyard in Cornwall said: “We’ve waited 30 years for this vintage which I have no doubt will be a benchmark for years to come. There is huge potential and it’s a joy to work through.”

One Response to “The week in pictures”

  1. Ewan Murray says:

    So why is the photo showing the harvest in Gigondas, which is in the southern Rhône? #pedanticmoi?

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