The tradition of leaving wedding guests favours is a long standing one, originally called 'bonbonnieres' and it used to be that couples would leave small trinket boxes for guests containing sugar cubes. The price of sugar at the time was very high and as sugar became less expensive, the tradition of giving almonds replaced the cubes of sugar. The significance of a bonbonniere was to share good wishes to a new way of life. In the 13th century this then evolved to sugar coated almonds (called confetti) and this eventually became a tradition of giving 5 sugared almonds representing health, wealth, fertility, longevity and happiness.
As we enter the quieter months of January and February our winemaking team start getting ready for the year ahead, making their way to the vineyards to begin pruning the vines and bottling the delicious red and whites which are almost ready in barrels and in tank. David, our winemaker, has been looking back on 2019 and what is to come in 2020.