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Wine, Vines and The Weather

When considering wine we often talk about good and bad vintages. Often the distinction is dependent on what the weather has been like. A perfect growing season can be considered to be an excellent vintage, such as 2009 in France, whereas inclement weather can have a big impact on vines at any time during the year. It is important to remember that weather is different to climate. Climate is what occurs in the long term and is affected by proximity to the sea, northern or southern hemisphere, altitude etc, whereas weather is what is occurring in the vineyard on a day to day basis. For example, the climate in England in spring is maritime (because we're surrounded by the sea) and cool (we don't have great extremes of temperature), the weather however, can be sunny, frosty, cloudy, rainy, windy or, as it has been this year, snowy. Over the coming months we'll be blogging about how the weather affects the vineyard, and therefore the wine, along with the practices that take place in the vineyard and winery during the year. For now though, we'll leave you with some images of vineyards through the seasons. [caption id="attachment_947" align="aligncenter" width="192" caption="Bud Break in the Spring Vineyard"]Bud break in the Spring vineyard [/caption] [caption id="attachment_948" align="aligncenter" width="286" caption="Sunny Summertime Vineyard"]Vineyard in Summertime [/caption]   [caption id="attachment_949" align="aligncenter" width="192" caption="Firey Autumn Vineyard"]Autumn Vineyard - Wine & the Weather[/caption] [caption id="attachment_950" align="aligncenter" width="192" caption="Wintry Vineyard"]Wintry Vineyard - Wine & the Weather[/caption]  

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