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Local community gather bumper grape harvest at Hanwell Wine Estate

November 2nd, 2017

On Wednesday 25th October, villagers from across south Nottinghamshire and as far as Shropshire gathered together for the third annual grape harvest at Hanwell Wine Estate in the Hickling Pasture. Pinot Noir grapes were harvest in bumper quantities despite the Spring frosts that have devastated grape growing in vineyards in France and Southern England.  In fact it’s even better than that, the natural sugars in the grapes have exceeded those in the Champagne region, grapes growing in Nottinghamshire may just work.

Hanwell Wine Estate was established back in 2012 when Helenka Brown, daughter of award-winning Nottinghamshire wine-maker Tony Skuriat, planted 8,000 vines less than 10 miles away from where she grew up on her parents’ vineyard in Costock, Notts. Now, five years on, Helenka and William are preparing to launch her first English Sparkling Wine in 2018.

October 25th marked the beginning of the third annual volunteer-led grape harvest at Hanwell Wine Estate. Vineyard owners, Helenka and Will Brown, invited volunteers from across Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire to join them in hand-picking grapes for what was set to be a bumper harvest. Helenka commented: “We’ve always been keen to involve the local community in our wine-making and like to open up the vineyard to the public as often as we can. We were thrilled the local community supported our harvest today, with lots of people volunteering to help pick grapes; this year we’re expecting even more local support.”