There’s a vine that grows very unusually, this is the grapes at Hampton Court Palace, on London’s themes river. The grapes grown at Hampton Court Palace are the oldest and largest grapes in the world. It was planted in the conservatory of the palace in 1769 when George III was king of Great Britain and at that time the American colonies were still under the British throne.
This vine begins with a small cut from the mother tree at Valentine’s Mansion in Ilford, Essex. Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the Chief Gardener, grows the vine in fertile soil and leaves it in the old Tudor latrine, where the vines thrive. Thaun 1887, he had grown about 1.2 meters from the base.
A wine keeper named Gill Strudwick attends Great Vine. This is a photo of the Historic Royal Palaces.
Commercial grapevines have an average lifespan of about 25 years, although many grape growers have a longer crop life. Some are over a hundred years old. Older vines are known for their excellent harvest quality, even though the yield is much lower but the quality is promising. The Great Vine was exceptionally lucky, it takes a very long time to grow and can produce a large number of crops.
In Victorian times, people believed that one large vine would produce more crops. So they built a greenhouse around the vines, so that the grapes stayed hot during the winter. When the vine grows, the greenhouse sometimes has to be rehabilitated and enlarged several times.
One greenhouse was built in the 1900s and is in a public area. 1969 once again had to be replaced, but the vines were so attached to it that it was difficult to separate, so the aluminum greenhouse was substituted and incorporated an older iron frame inside.
There is no record of this wine, whether it was used for wine or not. However, Queen Victoria sent this wine to the royal household in Windsor Castle. Edward VII then decided to make the wine available to the public.
Today, the Great Vine is four meters around the base and the longest spur is 36.5 meters. The yields are abundant and the average harvest of black grapes is 272 Kg. However, in 2001, the Great Vine yielded experienced its largest harvest of 363 Kg.