Volunteers paid in wine stomp the season's first grapes at Renishaw Hall near Sheffield

Volunteers, all paid in wine, picked and stomped the season’s first grapes at Renishaw Hall Vineyard.

Monday, 11th October 2021, 2:01 pm
Updated Monday, 11th October 2021, 2:01 pm

The 2.5 acre vineyard will produce about 2,000 bottles of wine.

White Madeleine Angevine and red Rondo varieties were both harvested at the weekend with more than 30kg of the red grapes being stomped in barefoot by three volunteers who were paid extra ‘rations’.

Wine maker Kieron Atkinson said: “It’s important for them to have clean feet but the alcohol sterilises the wine.”

Forty-two volunteers, all paid in wine, pick and stomp the season’s first grapes at Renishaw Hall Vineyard, near Sheffield. The 2.5 acre vineyard will produce about 2000 bottles of wine. White Madeleine Angevine and red Rondo varieties were both harvested today with more than 30kg of the red grapes being stomped in barefoot by three volunteers who were paid extra ‘rations’ for their efforts. Wine maker, Kieron Atkinson said: “It’s important for them to have clean feet but the alcohol sterilises the wine. “”The local community picking helps with our ethos of a minimalist, low intervention, approach to our wine making. “Brexit has been great for British wine making. Import duties mean foreign wines are becoming more expensive”. All Rights Reserved: F Stop Press Ltd. +44 (0)7765 242650 www.fstoppress.com www.rkpphotography.co.uk

“The local community picking helps with our ethos of a minimalist, low intervention, approach to our wine making."

The stomping bin is filled with kg of red Rondo grapes.
L/R Sarah Vause, Lucy Scriven and Sarah Hargate stomp this year’s grapes.
Jacqui Benfield helps with the harvest.