Alan and Faye Pratt, both 53, from Budleigh Salteron in Devon, picked their first crop of Rondo grapes in early September - but the variety is not usually harvested until early October.It is believed the Pratts\u2019 crop is the earliest recorded picking of the grape in the UK. Mr Pratt was unaware of the phenomenon until he posted the news on the UK Vineyard Association web forum and received a flurry of emails back from stunned growers.\u201CPeople were saying \u2018how have you done this?\u2019\u201D he said. \u201CSome people were saying it was not possible to harvest this early, so we were very anxious. We didn\u2019t want to lose the grapes as it was so early, but they were definitely ready.\u201DLily Farm Vineyard is sheltered from strong winds and sited on a south-west-facing slope. The land, bought by the couple 15 years ago and used as a smallholding, now has two of its four-and-a-half acres dedicated to grape growing. The grapes will be ready to drink next year.