News from Hendred Vineyard

Best Sparkling Wine!

Hendred Brut 2015 has just been awarded the Sparkling Wine Trophy (and gold medal) in the regional competition.   Thames and Chilterns Vineyards Association incorporates over 25 vineyards, some very large producing some superb wines which makes this all the more of an honour.  How can this be?  Is it the excellent ‘terroir’ in East Hendred for grape growing, the aged vines, the diligent wine-making or the fact that the vines were blessed in 2015….
Posted by Eileen on Mon, 09/21/2020 - 12:51


Berries ripening, such a feast for the eyes.  Late veraison together with leaves changing colour earlier than normal is making things pretty colourful.
Posted by Eileen on Mon, 09/14/2020 - 13:46

Oxford Mail feature

The Oxford Mail contacted us to run a feature about vineyards selling wine during lockdown.  The photographer kept making us laugh so here's one of us playing 'spot the grapes'.  It's not all frolicking in the vineyard though; it was weeding this morning and the jobs get more intense as the season continues - tucking the foliage is already underway.  To read about how local vineyards are adapting to the new climate - read here:
Posted by Eileen on Wed, 07/29/2020 - 10:47

First grapes of 2020

Juice from these little fellas won't be ready to drink until 2024.  
Posted by Eileen on Mon, 07/27/2020 - 18:08

Flowering vines

The vines have flowered and the fruit setting - a busy time tucking foliage and weeding as everything flourishes in this lovely warm weather.  
Posted by Eileen on Mon, 07/20/2020 - 16:48

Mice to welcome you

East Hendred is well known for its creative villagers with skills in crafting, sometimes making scarecrows or other decorations but mostly for their knitting.  An imaginative range of creations are dotted around the village which are a delight to see and growing by the day.  These mice were abandoned in the village shop and followed us home.  We don't know who created them, but thought it would be mice to let them join in the woolliness taking over the village.  Mrs mouse is partial to Hendred… continue reading
Posted by Eileen on Thu, 07/09/2020 - 15:30

Early customer

Reading about our 'click and collect' service to buy wine!  It's so simple - see the 'our wines' section if you would like to make a purchase using a secure link and collect wine at your convenience - no contact at all.
Posted by Eileen on Mon, 06/29/2020 - 10:48

Grey Heron!

While the vines are starting to flourish once more after the brutal frost last month, there is a lot going on at the edge on the vineyard. So far spotted: great spotted woodpeckers, green woodpeckers, Eurasian jays, red kites, buzzards, pheasants, lovely white doves nesting and a host of other birds, rabbits, squirrels,  badgers, moles, voles, muntjac and roe deer, foxes (and cubs)…..recordings on the Hendred vineyard facebook page… continue reading
Posted by Eileen on Tue, 06/16/2020 - 16:06

Roaming around

These deer roam around and pay us a visit once in a while.  This picture was taken by the brook at the edge of the vineyard.
Posted by Eileen on Fri, 05/22/2020 - 15:53

Twinkling vineyard

Efforts involved to protect against frost this week have included creation of a fairyland in the vineyard.   Click here to see what happened:
Posted by Eileen on Wed, 05/13/2020 - 11:32