Ryedale Vineyards (Yorkshire) have some enthusiastic volunteers who visit, either on a regular basis or who come occasionally to enjoy the experience of working in the vineyard. We have also had groups of gardeners who have come to get experience in pruning vines. Harvest would not be the same without the volunteer pickers who really enjoy their day in the vineyards … and the lunch in the farmhouse kitchen!
Insiders hint at bumper year for Sussex wine. Generic article from The Argus mentioning Court Garden vineyard in Ditchling and Sedlescombe. Cautious optimism for 2013 harvest, but it's not over until the grapes are in and last year's dreadful conditions mean that we're unlikely to get a real bumper, but halfway through this year's harvest things aren't looking too bad for most English vineyards.
Kerry Vale Vineyard (Shropshire) welcomes volunteers all year, especially at harvest-time to hand pick the grapes. Volunteer pickers are asked to start on the vineyards at 8am and pick until 1pm. They will be rewarded for their efforts with a hearty lunch and a glass of wine on the vineyard. 2013 picking starts on Tuesday 1st October and will continue as the different varieties ripen over the next few weeks.