Lauren joined Grange Estate having studied viticulture and oenology at Plumpton College. She's previously worked in Bordeaux and for a sparkling wine producer in West Sussex.
Pruning is arguably the most important job of the year. You’re predetermining the yield you’ll get from the vines at harvest. It’s not 100% accurate, but it’s a very good way of measuring and managing the type of yields you hope to achieve.
I did the vendanges a few times as a teenager in the Côte d’Or and I think somewhere deep down in my conscience I always really appreciated the historical importance and nobility of growing grapes and making wine. It's a balance of hard graft, science and an almost artistic ‘feel’ for managing the vines . . .
Zam Baring worked in television for 25 years editing, directing and producing a range of sharp and stylish documentaries including Exit Through the Gift Shop and The View from River Cottage . . .
Throughout 2017 we'll be visiting the family-owned Grange Estate Vineyard in a quiet corner of Hampshire to document their year from pruning to harvest.
Quiet lies upon the fields and the wood this morning. No one is 'at plough', no one is carting. One might wonder what has happened but the familiar humming noise comes up from the rickyard, and skeins of black smoke are blurring the outlines of the leafless elms. Let us walk down to the farm, for surely this means they are threshing . . .
As the days lengthen the cold strengthens, is an old country saying. February brings the severe frosts and the snow . . .
Hedging and ditching, lopping and clearing: these are February's work, for they can be done in frost and cold . . .
Out on the wold the shepherd sat huddled in his hut over the charcoal stove ... A bleat roused him. At his feet by the stove lay his latest newborn, lanky and damp. He turned it over and stretched out for the bottle of warm milk. First tying the teat himself, he placed it in the lamb's mouth. Tenderly, with all the wisdom of over fifty lambing seasons, he seemed to breathe life into the inert huddled mass of legs, gently caressing the tiny body that was hardly as big as one of his own enormous hands.
'In the early 1930s Clare Leighton began work on a sequence of wood engravings depicting traditional farming in England over the course of a calendar year. The country was in the grips of the Great Depression at the time. Unemployment had doubled. Hunger marches were beginning to spread through towns and cities. Machines were replacing men and women on the land . . .
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