While keeping up-to-date with vineyards across the globe on instagram we’ve come across an array of very important vineyard assistants who keep watch, control pests & weeds and nurture the soil & vines. This is an ode to all the furry, feathery and invertebrate friends who call a vineyard home.
The Vineyard Manager
Bacchus the vineyard dog runs a tight ship at Tuffon Hall Vineyard in East Anglia. They’ve been producing award winning english wines since 2014.
The Marketing Manager
Bacchus the vineyard cat knows his way around the winery, wine bar, wedding venue and 24,000 vines growing over 16 acres at Hidden Spring vineyard!
The Security Manager
Keeping watch over the beast from the East at Dallwood Vineyard in Devon. The 3,000 vines were planted in 2009/2010 by a group of local villagers with a collective dream to produce great English wines.
The Pruning Expert
Billy doesn’t miss a trick when it comes to pruning, here he is checking the vines are present and correct at Hattingley Valley Wines, who produce english sparkling in Hampshire.
Sunny morning in the vineyard with Billy 🐶 Beautiful day to work outside ✂️ #pruning #vineyard #winedog #hattingleyvalley #sunnyday #goodmorning #englishwine #dog #dogsofinstagram #hampshire #england #englishwinter #beautifulday #billy #vines #vineyardvines #wine #winelife #vineyardlife #winecountry
The Harvest Manager
Happy Harry is the resident vineyard dog at Broadley Vineyards, a family run winemaking business in the US with a sustainable focus.
The Grape Inspectors
It looks like Baci is in charge of quality control of these sustainably grown Pinot Noir grapes at Mirabel Vineyards in the Okanagan Valley, Canada.
A beautiful red admiral butterfly taking a closer look at organic grapes at Davenport Vineyards in Kent. Will Davenport has been growing vines since 1991 and also has a winery dog called Marvin!
A handsome vineyard dog at Humbleyard Vineyard in Norfolk checks on the white grape varieties before his human picks them from the vines. They have 10,000 vines covering 8 acres, plenty of space for a run about!
The Lawn Mowers
Tucked away down a Cornish lane near the coast you’ll find these two professional lawnmowers at Trevibban Mill Vineyard.
And then….. a whole flock of lawnmowers stampede into biodynamic vineyard Limeburn Hill, near Bristol. They take their jobs very seriously!
This year we invited sheep into the vineyard for the first time over winter, to help feed the soil and vines, to feed them up before lambing, and also to bring in an animal energy that we felt was missing in the vineyard. They are beautiful. #vineyardsheep #biodynamicvineyard #animalenergy #animalenergyvineyard
The Soil Gardeners
Very welcome little helpers: the long wigglers aren’t far behind the sheep at Limeburn Hill vineyard too.
The Pest Patrol
A group of majestic chickens on the hunt for rogue pests amongst biodynamic vines France.
The Cleaning Team
Chickens, pigs and vines living together in harmony at Hanzell Vineyards. They take a holistic and sustainable approach to preserve the health of their vineyard for future generations.
Chickens and pigs working together = happy and healthy vineyards. The pigs graze and root, helping to turn and aerate the soil. Then the chickens come behind and find the leftover upturned worms, bugs and other morsels while they scratch all the good stuff into the soil. As a result, our vineyards have never looked so beautiful. #hanzellfarm #integratedfarming #biofarm #nochemicalsneeded #chickentractors #vineyardpigs #vineyardchickens #hanzellvineyards #sonoma
The Heavy Lifter
Working horses tend to the earth at Costers del Priorat in Italy.
The Easter bunny!
Our little Easter bunnies are getting ready for our Easter open day this Saturday and are busy finding their hiding places on the vineyard! 🐰Children will love our bunny-run toy trail leaving you free to enjoy a glass of fizz, perfect 🥂Follow the link in our profile to book your tickets 🐣 #easter #easterbunnies #easterevent #easteropenday #childrenwelcome #toytrail #bunnyrun #winetasting #englishwine #englishsparklingwine #surrey #surreyhills #guildford
If we’ve missed any vital vineyard helpers let us know, there’s always space for a few more. If your vineyard helpers or you are interested in learning more about your vines talk to us about how to start monitoring data and analysing trends in vineyards. 🙂