Vineyard anticipates bumper crop after charity fundraiser

PUBLISHED: 09:02 21 September 2013

Geoff Bowen from the Pebblebed Vineyard is pictured at their charity open day for  Exeter and District Hospiscare on Sunday. Geoff is expecting a bumper harvest for 2013 and is inviting volunteers to help pick the grapes later this month. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exv 8215-35-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders.

Geoff Bowen from the Pebblebed Vineyard is pictured at their charity open day for Exeter and District Hospiscare on Sunday. Geoff is expecting a bumper harvest for 2013 and is inviting volunteers to help pick the grapes later this month. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exv 8215-35-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders.

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Pebblebed Vineyards has opened its doors to the public to raise much-needed funds for Hospiscare.

Visitors to the vineyard in Clyst St George were able to enjoy vineyard tours, wine tasting, cream teas and cakes, and around £2,500 was raised.

Pebblebed owner Geoff Bowen said: “It was a very pleasant day, and the Hospiscare team did a brilliant job as usual.”

Those who visited the vineyard on the day were able to see a booming crop, much to the delight of Geoff after a challenging 2012.

“It is looking fantastic. Last year was very challenging, for all agriculture I think, and definitely ourselves.

“We made about 4,000 bottles last year, and this year we’re hoping for 50,000.

“The weather has just come perfectly for us really, with good weather at the beginning of July, then a bit of rain and a bit of sun.”

With such a bumper crop predicted, Geoff is hoping for a good turnout when Pebblebed holds its traditional community harvest events.

“We’re very excited at the amount of grapes to pick, but a bit worried how we’re going to do it!

“It’s very much a social thing. Just come along, children are very welcome, have a cup of coffee, have a look round the vineyard and maybe pick a few grapes.”

The harvests are expected to take place in October.

If you want more details, check www.pebblebed.co.uk for confirmed times.

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