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January 2022:
Tranquillity of the Cotswolds: Vineyard discovers a site steeped in history where the ethos is single estate, hand crafted wines which reflect a sense of time and place.
Spectacular success: 
The first ever Vineyard & Winery show proved to be an outstanding success – with a vibrant buzz reflecting a fast growing and buoyant wine sector.
Actively fighting frost: 
With such valuable crops, and to avoid sleepless nights, Vineyard speaks to some of the companies offering frost protection measures.
Pruning for optimum yield: 
Winter pruning is one of the most technical, expensive, and important tasks in the vineyard year. Vineyard finds out how pruning methods can help avoid potential yield losses.
In conversation… 
With 30 years in the global drinks industry, Andrew Carter, was appointed as CEO of UK brand leader Chapel Down Wines. He now has impressive plans for Chapel Downs future.
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February 2022:
Meet the buyer: Jamie Waugh is wine buyer for Fortnum & Mason, the world famous, prestigious retailer on London’s Piccadilly. He is responsible for buying English wines.
Greyfriaring:
From North Sea oil to wine on the Hog’s Back in Surrey, Mike Wagstaff and his wife Hilary, have changed course in more ways than one.
Digging deep:
Quality grapes are needed for premium wines and the health of the soil is a key factor in achieving this. We find out some of the soil management tasks that can be done during the winter dormancy period.
In conversation…
Master of wine, Richard Bampfield is a well known figure in the UK wine trade as a
master of wine, wine educator and the face of one of Britain’s leading multiple retailers.
Preparing for pruning season:
With the winter pruning season now here, NP Seymour revisit some of the updates Felco has made to its range in the last 12 months.
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March 2022:
All’s well at Westwell: ‘If music be the food of love, play on’ is the famous opening line from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. At Westwell, they would substitute food for wine.
Standing out in the wine market: In terms of labelling and packaging has everything been too safe, too pastoral, too classic?
Flagging up powdery: Jo Cowderoy finds out how understanding the disease, using appropriate cultural methods, monitoring and the effective use of plant protection products can reduce its severity.
In conversation… Recently retired as CEO of Chapel Down, Frazer Thompson steps down as a board member of WineGB. Arriving from the beerage and Heineken he transformed the Kent producer into the giant of English wine it is today.
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April 2022:
Hidden springs eternal: From campsite to vineyard, from IT to winemaking, Hidden Spring and its owners have travelled a long way in a short time.
A viticulturist’s diary: Sam Doncaster recounts what he is doing at Rebschule Freytag, in Germany’s Pfalz region and ventures his opinion about the sort of cutting edge practices he is dealing with.
Are weeds welcome? Sharing space with other plants such as weeds – impacts the vine both positively and negatively as can weed control methods.
Demonstration of under-vine cultivation: Growers gather to see scientifically-proven mechanical weeding solutions in action.
In conversation… The retiring head of the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, Ian Harris gives a valedictory message: Education, education, education.
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May 2022:
In conversation… London Wine Fair organiser Hannah Tovey had a shock a few months ago when Prowein organisers decided, without any prior consultation, to move their show.
Quintessentially English: Henners may be quintessentially English but the name comes from a French nobleman and it is owned by a company with strong French and South African connections.
A viticulturist’s diary: In the second of his series of a ‘A Day in the life of a Viticulturist’ series, Sam Doncaster at Rebschule Freytag, in the Pfalz region discusses grafting and handling.
The secret life of nitrogen: Nitrogen has a reputation for being complicated to measure with unpredictable plant-availability. We find out from some of the experts how to demystify nitrogen in vines.
Matthew Jukes: It’s that time of year again. If you are lucky, you will have timed your inventory management correctly.
Meet the buyer: Marien Rodríguez is responsible for buying English and Welsh wines
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June 2022:
Meet the buyer: Virgin Wines is one of the UK’s largest direct-to-consumer online wine retailers. Vineyard talks to wine buyer Sophie Lord.
World class English fizz: Ridgeview began as a dream to create world-class sparkling wine on the foothills of the South Downs in Sussex.
Defining style and adding value: Defined Wine Ltd is a contract-only winery. It does not have any vineyards or brands. Everything it does is about adding value to their client’s brands.
Canopy management: With rising labour costs, and labour shortages, many producers are looking to machines. Jo Cowderoy speaks to some of the experts to find out the advantages and challenges of mechanisation.
Matthew Jukes: What differentiates our elite still and sparkling rosé wines from others?
In conversation… Miles Beale is the chief executive of the drinks industry’s chief lobbying organisation, The Wine & Spirit Trade Association.
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