For February, we had something different – a wine tasting, led by Dylan of Dylanwad in Dolgellau. There is a link, honestly there is: so much about the final wine is dependent on things we gardeners are quite familiar with: soil, weather, climate… all can have an impact on the end results.
Dylan took us on a tour of some of his favourite vineyards, illustrating the point – the soil here, for instance, hardly fits the word, being mostly stony:
Vine roots can go down as far as 12 to 15 metres in very dry circumstances (such as around Jerez in southern Spain), and the grapes grow low to the ground. But there are other things to consider, like pruning, and here again Dylan illustrated different systems.
Now for the tasting. First came three white wines, fresh and citrussy,
including one Welsh wine, from near Monmouth. They would have been perfect on a summer’s day; the winter night was perhaps more suited to the three reds:
which included an interesting one from Moldova.
Dylan asked a question, one he says he often asks when doing events like this, and to which he never gets a positive response: did anyone grow grapes? Several hands went up. And had anybody made wine from their grapes? Yes, one of us had – a first. Wine and gardening: the link is confirmed. And definite!
Many thanks to Dylan for an entertaining, informative and enjoyable evening.