Nottingham Wine Estate
Wolds Wine Estate
Wolds Wine Estate: The New Nottingham Vineyard with Luxury Glamping
There is always a lot happening at Wolds Wine Estate – and it’s not only focused on wine.
We are looking to expand and diversify our activities to support the local ecosystem and allow others to enjoy the beauty of nature. We are particularly passionate about helping the local bee population. We now have 4 bee hives on the estate and are hoping to add to this. We can’t wait to try some delicious Wolds Wine Estate honey!
We planted a cider orchard in 2022. We have a mixture of varieties of cider apple and perry pear trees. From these we home to make our own single variety cider and perry along with some sweet and dry multi-varietal cider/perry.
Sheep graze our fields to help us manage the grass in an eco friendly way. They are often rotated around fields but we try to have them in view of the glamping pods when we can.
We have had pigs on the estate too. The pigs were particular favourites of our glampers. Unfortunately the pigs have now left – don’t ask to where in front of the kids… We plan on getting some more pigs once we can make a secure area for them.
Our Vineyard & Wines
We have over 3.3 acres of vineyard made up of over 4,000 vines which we manage. The vineyard is split into two areas. The Champagne field which has all the varieties to make a wonderful English Sparkling Wine (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier). And the glamping field which has the Solaris (white) and Rondo (red) varieties.
Planted in March 2020, for the first two years we focus the growth of the vine in the roots and into a single shoot. This single shoot will be the main trunk for future growth and grape growing. In the first three years we follow an intensive pruning regime to remove any wasted growth such as tendrils, lateral shoots and grapes. In year three we will take a small trial harvest from a handful of vines. In year four we will be in a position to let the grapes grow on the majority of vines and get our first small harvest for wine making! Yay!
After the harvest the grapes will make their way to a winery for the exciting bit. Depending on what types of wine we produce some bottles will take many years to mature. However, we hope to have some ready for drinking by mid-2024. Until then you can buy other wines from us. Head over to our online shop to see what we have in stock.
Bee Hives & Honey
Two pigs have joined the family. The two gilts are a cross between Gloucestershire Old Spot and Berkshire. They are currently having fun playing and rolling in the mud and rooting around in the field. Pigs are well known escape artists so we hope they don’t get loose and make their way over to the vines.
The pigs are so friendly and playful that they are a joy to watch. Whilst we only have two females at the moment we are hoping to expand maybe next year and start breeding. This will be a lot of fun.
As they are such good rooters we are hoping to put them to use to help clear out an old derelict pond. They should be able to make their way through the weeds and overgrown shrubs pretty quickly so that we can have a proper look at the state of the pond and what needs doing to fix it.
We have a lot of grass to maintain and we can’t think of a more ecological way to keep it short than by letting our friendly neighbouring farmer put his sheep in our fields from time to time.
These sheep are expert grass cutters, the only problem is they are expert escape artists too. We have to be careful to ensure they stay away from our vineyard!
We will rotate them around the estate as needed and they will also be moved onto other fields in the local area when our grass gets too short.