November 5th, 2013
The 2013 vintage marked a new beginning for North Devon based vineyard, Summermoor Vineyard, with a new English wine producer; Quance Wines, taking the helm.
Quance Wines was founded by Jamie Quance-Woodland, who is embarking on his first commercial wine growing experience. He is looking to produce a range of wines produced solely from Devon grown grapes. With the initial main focus on light and delicate still wines. Quance Wines will look to add an English Fizz to the range in the future recognising that our climate if favourable to sparkling wine production.
The 2013 vintage was full of challenges for the first harvest. While the summer provided near perfect growing conditions for the vines, the autumn's unsettled weather posed a challenge for the ripening fruit. Regardless of this, Quance Wines managed to successfully pick all of the grapes before the storms set in, the Rondo harvest proving to be the most successful with a high yield to vine ratio. Unfortunately, some of the earlier ripening varieties such as Madeleine Angevine and Siegerrebe, saw a large amount of wildlife damage, significantly reducing the yield on these varieties and resulting in the planned still white wine having to wait until next years harvest.
Quance Wines will be releasing both a still rosé and still red wine in 2014 and has plans for replanting areas of the vineyard in spring next year with further plantings of black grape varieties for red wine production.