Although primarily intended for amateur vine growers and wine makers, professionals in viticulture and oenology are welcome too!
If you are new to vines and wine making, you may want to start with the first of the Learn Pages, Choice of grape ... or choose a page from the menu on the right.
January 29th, 2016
Trellis material sales will continue until stock is exhausted … when it’s gone it’s gone!
Glass and plastic wine making equipment is available and has to go - no reasonable offer will be refused for equipment collected from my location which is 5 minutes from junction 10 on the M25 (A3 junction).
If it is not on the list, please try me because I have a number of other small items that are not listed and you may be lucky.
Please use the ‘Contact Jack’ form to check availability.
August 30th, 2012
A new shop page has been added for the sale of some equipment items that are surplus to requirements.
These are one-offs, i.e. when they are gone they have gone and will not be repeated.
November 25th, 2007
A minor error in the temperature adjustment has been corrected in WineCalc. If you already have it, please change for this later version.
June 25th, 2007
Thanks to a generous father’s day gift of a miniature data logger, I will be monitoring the temperature and relative humidity on an hourly basis. The data will be published on this site (hopefully on a monthly basis) but definitely at the end of the growing season.
As the data logger is just a good stone’s throw from the RHS at Wisley it can be regarded as supplemental data and aggregated with any data from there.
Please note that the instrument has not been calibrated and is not in a British Standard meteorology cabinet so the accuracy is not guaranteed but the ups and downs will certainly be relevant.
March 2nd, 2007
You may have seen a competition run by Jacob’s Creek in some recent publications.
The competition winners will be given a Valentine’s gift set which includes a bottle of Jacob’s Creek Sparkling Rose, a wine guide (”The View From Our Place”) and a Seyval Blanc vine supplied by Vines For Wines and neatly presented in a red, Valentine’s Day tube.
If you have just won one and are new to growing vines, you may find some of the learn pages on this site are useful.
July 6th, 2006
A question that I have been asked on a number of occasions is:
“Will vines grow as far north as ….”
The gist of my reply is along the lines:
The most northerly commercial vineyard listed on the English Wine Producers website is Mount Pleasant, Bolton Le Sands, Camforth, Lancs. LA5 8AD. There is also one listed at Bullerthorpe Lane , Woodlesford, Leeds , West Yorkshire LS26 8AF.
I have heard of vines in Scotland.
So there is certainly some evidence and optimism in the region, but much will depend on the site - if it is a north facing, wet frost pocket I would not be too optimistic; but on a south facing sun trap, who knows…
If you think you have the most notherly outdoor vine in the UK let us know - you will be awarded the Virtual Thule Trophy.