Ryedale Vineyard

Work begins at the start of the first grape harvest of the season at Ryedale Vineyard on September 28, 2013 near Westow, England. The family run Ryedale vineyard is set on the south facing slopes at the foot of the Yorkshire wolds and is the most northerly commercial vineyard in England growing over ten thousand vines an is spread over two sites with the largest blocks of vines being Ortega for white wine and Rondo for rose and red wine.

The grapes are all hand picked by members of the family and will eventually go on, via their winery, to produce some of the best home produced wine in the country….

You can see more info on the vineyard here….. http://www.ryedalevineyards.co.uk/

 

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.

Early morning mist burns off over Ryedale Vineyards

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.Ryedale Vineyards

 

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.White grapes hang on the vine ready for harvesting

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.Red grapes hang on the vine ready for harvesting

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.Triomphe vines

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.Seigerrebe vines

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.Chardonnay vines

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.Pinot Meunier vines

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.A Union flag flies over the vineyards of Ryedale

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.Vineyards at Ryedale

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.Pinot Gris vines

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.Vineyards at Ryedale

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.Early morning sun shines over the vineyards at Ryedale

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.Stuart and Elizabeth Smith owners of Ryedale Vineyards and their dog ‘Beth’

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.Stuart and Elizabeth Smith owners of Ryedale Vineyards

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.Stuart Smith owner of Ryedale Vineyards inspects the first grape harvested this year

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.Stuart Smith owner of Ryedale Vineyards walks between the vines inspecting the grape before the first harvest begins

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.Stuart Smith, owner of Ryedale Vineyards uses a refractometer to check sugar levels of the grape

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.The view through a refractometer showing the sugar levels of the grape…..around 93 percent in this case. Which is good.

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.Elizabeth Smith checks grape quality as she harvests the first grapes this year

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.Elizabeth Smith from Ryedale Vineyard

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.Fresh off the vine – part of this year’s first crop to be cut

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.Stuart Smith moves crates full of freshly harvested grapes to be loaded into his van

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.Elizabeth Smith uses a sledge to help with moving the crates of grapes

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.A full crate ready for loading

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.Stuart Smith loads his van with the first crop of grapes from this years harvest

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.Son in Law Jeff Bennett helps with the harvest

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.Stuart Smith looks on as his grandson Stephen Bennett helps out with the harvest

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.Stuart Smith, owner of Ryedale Vineyards looks out over his vines during the first harvest of the year

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.Elizabeth Smith stands amongst the vines during the harvest

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.Elizabeth Smith walks amongst the rows of vines during the harvest

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.Sarah Bennett drags crates full of grapes to be stacked ready for loading

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.Jeff Bennett carries grapes to be loaded onto transport

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.Ryedale Vineyard’s family business…from left, Sarah Bennett, Stephen Bennett, Elizabeth and Stuart Smith and Jeff Bennett…and ‘Beth’ the collie.

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Press and Documentary photographer covering the North of England. Stringer & contributor for Getty Images News. Prints are available to buy on my website.

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