that were chosen were to suit the soil types and the climate of
the Isles of Scilly. These included: Orion, Seyval Blanc, and Siegerrebe.
A red grape Rondo is also doing well. The double guyot system of
training is being used and extra windbreak's have been erected to
supplement existing fences of Pittisporum and Euonymous.
In 1996 we had a well drilled
on the farm to supply us with the required water for the winery.
In 1999 the birds enjoyed
the very first crop of grapes which demonstrated the need for all
the vines to be netted in order to protect all furure harvests.
The first vintage
in 2000 yielded just 120 bottles! For the first three years the
grapes were picked, packed and loaded onto the Scillonian III and
transported to Penboa Vineyard, where the wine was made and bottled
by Loyd and Janet Jones.
In 2003 the Thomas's converted
a stone barn into a winery so that now the wine is made and bottled
by then St. Martins Vineyard in the Isles of Scilly.
In the same
year they opened a small farm shop from where people may take part
in conducted tours and sample the wine - "take the tour and
taste the wine
Making use of the new awning and hard standing alongside the winery to press the island's apple harvest.