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English Wine Week 2011

New wines from Lily Farm Vineyard, east Devon, for English Wines Week 201128th May – 4th June 2011

We are delighted to announce the release of 3 new wines in time for English Wine Week.  Two Regional Wines, a Red and Rose, and a Quality Wine, Bacchus Dry White.  Free sample tastings are available at the Vineyard.  During this week we are also participating in the Budleigh Salterton Lion’s Gala Week with Guided Tours, at £3 per person, commencing every day at 11.00 am and 2.30 pm.  To book please contact us on 07977 057864. A donation from each booking will be made to Childline, NSPCC.

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Spring Update 2011

Budburst on the vines at Lily Farm Vineyard, east Devon04 April 2011

The vines underwent budburst on 4 April and no wonder, the temperature on our vineyard slopes has been 27C this past week.  Alan and I are both wearing our sunhats and the sheep clearly have a need for a date with the shearer.  We have had our first visitors of the season who came from Sweden and then Switzerland.  Our new wines have been bottled and as soon as we have the results of their post bottling analysis we can complete the labels and get the wine on the shelves.

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Winter Update 2010

Lily Farm Vineyard - vines in winter 2010/1124th February 2011

Alan and I have been busy in the vineyard preparing for the 2011  harvest.  The health of each vine has been assessed and then pruned  accordingly.  All the old wood has been cleared out and then the  new fruiting canes bowed over and tied to the fruiting wires using our  reusable rubber ties.  Alan will shred the old wood, which will be used  as a mulch, when he next mows the grass.  It is one of the biggest and  most important jobs of the year leaving the vineyard looking tidy, but  rather sparse.

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Christmas 2010

Christmas 2010 at Lily Farm Vineyard, east Devon15 December 2010

For Christmas we have put together some special presentation 3 bottle  Gift Boxes only available at the Vineyard.There is very limited supply  of our 2009 Rose and just released is the 2009 Red.  Prices start at £25. We aim to be open at weekends from 10.30 am – 3.00 pm but as we are weather dependent you may wish to ring before making a special trip.

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Autumn Update 2010

The grape harvest at Lily Farm Vineyard, east Devon, Autumn 201013 October 2010

A big THANK YOU to all the volunteer pickers who helped to bring in 4  tonnes of grapes. We could not have managed without your help. The 2009  red vintage has now been bottled and labelled and is on sale at the  vineyard.  We always advise that you ring to check we are open as we are weather dependent.  Tours remain by appointment.

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Summer 2010

Grapes ripening, Lily Farm Vineyard, east Devon, Summer 201012 September 2010

We have had a busy season with many visitors taking our guided tour.   Tours, by appointment. will continue as we move into autumn.  We are  sold out of all red wine and are awaiting the bottling of the 2009  vintage.  The vines are now netted to protect the grapes from the birds, and the crop looks healthy and plentiful.We are expecting 4 1/2  tons  from the four varieties.Volunteer grape pickers can ring us on  01395443877 to join in on one of the four harvest dates (yet to be  decided but from the beginning of October onwards)

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Summer Opening 2010

Lily Farm Vineyard vines ready for Summer opening 201006 June 2010

Following a successful Devon Wine Week, when our 2009 Rose Vintage was  well received, we are delighted to announce that the vineyard will be  open for wine sales on Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 10.30 a.m.  and 03.30 p.m. Tours and tasting at £3 per person remain by appointment.

Please note that our 2007 Award Winning Red has now sold out.

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Spring Opening 2010

Logo of Lily Farm Vineyard, Knowle, Budleigh Salterton, east Devon26 April 2010

We now have a Premise Licence and we will be offering tours, tastings  and wine sales (cash only) from 31 May 2010 in conjunction with Devon  Wine Week.  To book please follow our contact details.

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Winter Update

31 January 2010

For the next 4 weeks we will  be pruning the vines ready for the 2010 crop. This, for the first time,  will involve all of our acre of vines. Each of the 1350 vines will be  cut back to a single or twin fruiting cane which are then carefully bent over horizontally and tied to the fruiting wire. We currently have some Dorset Down ewes,shearlings and lambs for sale

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12 December 2009

We have made an application for the above so that we are able to sell our wine to vineyard visitors from the Spring of next year