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Harvesting for the future

Xavier Buendia | United Kingdom

Chardonnay grapes from the UK's first certified sustainable vineyard. We are witnessing the wines of the future being produced.

This is a small piece of a year-long project documenting the vineyards of a winemaker in the South of England. The project was meant to start in 2019 but was postponed twice due to the pandemic. Since then, two major challenges emerged for the winemakers: Finding the labour needed to harvest due to Britain leaving the EU and producing wines with as little impact on the environment.

This photo essay documents how they overcame these challenges telling the story of those who work the vines, so I focused on harvest as this is the most labour-intensive phase of the year. 

Situated at the foot of the South Downs National Park in East Sussex, this independent, family-run vineyard is a pioneer winemaker, producing English sparkling wines of exceptional quality. Since 1995, they have continually researched methods to meet local and global challenges on and off the vineyards. 

In 2021 they became the first vineyard in the UK to receive an award for their sustainable practices and they are on track to achieving theirB Corp status by 2022. 

Ridgevie Wine Estate.

Xavier Buendia is an award winning photographer originally from Mexico City based now in the South East of England. Xavier works mainly with the food industry documenting local independent businesses and producers as well as working on personal projects with different subjects that interest him. 

email: xdbphotography@gmail.com

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