Monday , January 24 2022
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Columnists: The Vineyard Diaries

Laura Robinson and Samantha Ciritci of Burn Valley Vineyard in North Norfolk tell us about dodging frost and their new red wine

Burn Valley Vineyard |

Burn Valley Catering |

Life on our 11-acre vineyard is as busy as ever, with the weather proving challenging at times.The frosts have seemed relentless over the past few weeks but once again we have dodged the bullet, thanks to the helpful combination of our proximity to the coast and the fact that our buds were still hiding! 

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This week, though, we have had the first of our bud burst! We are around three weeks behind compared to last year so it just goes to show the impact the weather has on our vines, but we are so very grateful to have had no frost damage which can be devastating.

Our wine tastings and events are now in full swing and we love welcoming guests through our marquee doors. We’ve seen a real mixture of returning Burn Valley fans and locals/holiday makers discovering us for the first time.

We often get asked what our best-seller is but we honestly can say we have a wine to suit all tastes. We grow nine varieties of grape including Bacchus and Solaris, and this week we have bottled our first red wine of the 2020 harvest, our Marsh Red which is a delicious blend of Pinot Noir and Rondo. This will be available later this month.

We are open for wine sales at the cellar door from Monday to Saturday, from noon to 3pm and our official wine tastings with an option of lunch are on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at noon or 2:30pm. Booking is essential. We can also accommodate private tastings and lunch requests.

We also supply a growing number of local shops and wine merchants, including The Norfolk Deli in Hunstanton, Walsingham Farms Shop, Satchells in Burnham Market, The Real Ale Shop at Holkham, Wells Deli, Burnham Deepdale Nisa, and TFW Fine Wines. We are proud to feature on the new wine list of The Ostrich in nearby South Creake which has had a stunning transformation and is reopening this month.

  • Don’t forget – you’ll find us at the next Creake Abbey Farmers’ Market on June 5 from 9:30am-1pm, alongside some of the best local producers you could ever wish for. It’s a great event.
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