The Science Behind the Vine
The Wonder of the Grape…
Due to the change in climate, the North East is now experiencing fantastic weather for growing plentiful grapes to make wine. We are so passionate about our vineyard, we thought we’d tell you a bit of the science behind it…
The Walled Garden Vineyard has its own microclimate, with the walls providing shelter from the wind. They also radiate heat and reflect sun back to the plants; both elements being essential for grapes to ripen fully. The enclosed warmer environment also provides some protection from very low temperatures during the winter and potentially harmful early frosts. Lord Gerald also lay 70 tonnes of slate chippings under the vines to store heat during the day which is radiated back at night.
Our vines have been planted over the past two years and in the early stages, we focused on restricting the top growth of the vines, including removing any small grapes, which is important to help encourage a strong root system. The long dry spell in the summer of 2018, will have helped to get the roots extending in search of water.
In subsequent years, if just left to themselves, the vines will naturally produce large quantities of stems and leaves and lots of small bunches of grapes. A system of careful pruning is therefore needed to help ensure that each vine yields the optimum numbers of high-quality grapes. Excess foliage must also be removed to ensure good airflow around the grapes to help prevent disease, as well as ensuring the sun gets onto the grapes to ripen them.
See more about our wonderful vineyard, including some of its fascinating history here…
Each of our new cottages have been individually designed and furnished by Lady Gerald Fitzalan Howard to offer a tranquil haven from the bustle of the everyday life. These are a wonderful addition to your vineyard tour and tasting afternoon. Combine it with a tour of the house and a chilled bottle of sparkling wine in your room and you have the perfect couples escape or girl’s night away.
See more about our in-house accommodation here.
IN HOUSE ACCOMMODATION
Stapleton Double Cottages
With their own beautiful enclosed patios, our Stapleton Cottages offer a luxury retreat.
The Stapleton Double Cottages are modern rooms with a huge amount of character. These ground floor rooms have a large double bed, walk-in rainforest shower, interactive television and mini-fridge. These rooms are perfect for couples looking for an escape, or for anyone looking to explore Yorkshire with a central base. You can hire these rooms individually, or together, and a continental breakfast can be made available if you don’t want to venture out too early. Individually designed by Lady Gerald herself, with rooms that are full of luxury fabrics and the personal touch.
We have three double cottages available to hire from as little as one night.
Stapleton Family Cottage
Our Stapleton Family Cottage can be booked for as little as one night.
Book Parkgate Cottage for as little as one night, or for the whole week.
Whilst you are with us why not explore the surrounding areas with Carlton as your base; we are just 10 minutes from Selby and within 45 minutes of York, Hull, Leeds and Doncaster.