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English grape wine / vineyards

Not so much seasonal as local, s'pose.

Anyone actually drink it, either occasionally or on a regular basis ? (e.g. if you live further south and have a vineyard / winery near where you live).

What do you reckon to it ? I last drank some several years ago when I lived in Sussex, and it was better then than its reputation a couple of decades ago (sweet and horrid). Has it improved again in the last few years ? Which producers or which wines / grape varieties would you recommend ?

We mention local produce a lot, but what about (grape) wine ? Do we support our local wine producers ?

Does anyone here live in the south, grow grapes and make wine from them ?
tahir

The little man what serviced my pickup says he has a deal with an Essex vineyard where he buys all the wine off a row every year, he says he's very happy with it.
Leonie

Yes! I buy all my wine (well most of it) from Denbies Vineyard in Dorking, Surrey. They do mail order too. I support them because: the wine is lovely (Surry Gold is my favorite and Yew Tree Pinot Noir but very expensive so that's for special occasions), it's local and they are an independent (no shareholders) family run business. They're a little more expensive than the cheap wines in supermarkets but I'd rather drink less wine, keep it local and not line the pockets of big retail supermarkets. If you want to have a look at their website they're at www.denbiesvineyard.co.uk . I also visit quite often just for a walk around the estate and to take photographs, especially at this time of year because it's beautiful there.
Treacodactyl

We've bought some in the past and have been reasonably impressed. Being localish to several vinyards we must pop in to try their wines. Denbies isn't that far away. I might even get away with calling it research, i wonder if it's tax deductable? Laughing
Leonie

definitely worth a visit, the lunch in the upstairs restaurant is gorgeous and in May when we were there it was all seasonal produce. Incidentally, the lady who does the wine tour has been there for quite a while, we last did the tour about 8 years previously and she is the same lady doing the tour. It's nice to see a business whose staff are obviously happy with their jobs and like who they work for, she showed an enormous amout of respect and admiration for her employers. Very Happy
Mrs Fiddlesticks

the local farm shop sells brightwell wines We've tried the red and it was very nice but at £8 a bottle not every day wine.


Bothy Vineyard isn't far from us but we've not tried any wines from there so far. Looks like they've not had a good year judging by the news page.
Penny Outskirts

We often get wine from here:

http://www.three-choirs-vineyards.co.uk/

Their basic wine, which is still excellent, is about £6 -£7 a bottle.

We usually have a bottle of their better stuff for christmas day Very Happy
Vic

Anyone who's interested might find this useful

http://www.english-wine.com/content.html

We've tried and been very impressed by the Sherborne Castle wine - they do three dry whites at about £6 a bottle, and a rather fine fizzy one at a bit more.
judith

And don't forget the Welsh ones! The Ffynnon Lās vineyard near Aberaeron does a surprisingly gluggable dry white (haven't tried any others yet).

We have also bought quite a lot from Wroxeter Roman Vineyard near Shrewsbury. Last year's wines were variable, but still worth exploring.
cab

Penny wrote:
We often get wine from here:

http://www.three-choirs-vineyards.co.uk/

Their basic wine, which is still excellent, is about £6 -£7 a bottle.

We usually have a bottle of their better stuff for christmas day Very Happy


Can vouch for that one too. Not sure whether they're still making wine from the phoenix grape variety, that one was I thought one of their best... Anyone know?
judith

cab wrote:
Can vouch for that one too. Not sure whether they're still making wine from the phoenix grape variety, that one was I thought one of their best... Anyone know?


Wroxeter do an enjoyable Phoenix wine.
Andy B

I bought some english white wine at the Ludlow food festival, but was told that it should be left for two or three years to age !! Rolling Eyes
Sarah D

We have a vineyard here in the village at Wake Court, owned by the Digby family from Sherborne Castle Estate. I drink the wine when I can find it, and it's very good. Not the cheapest, but couldn't be more local unless you count the buckets in the kitchen!!

Company name: Sherborne Castle Estate Wines
Contact: Annie Hamshaw-Thomas or Paul Carter
Summary:
The tradition of winemaking on the Sherborne Castle Estate started in the Middle Ages when Biship Roger planted a vienyard that by 1146 was sufficiently mature to be mentioned in the bull of Eugenius III. In 1982 the tradition was revived by Mr John Wingfield Digby, the present owner of Sherborne Castle Estates at Wake Court in Bishops Caundle. The vineyeard has 1.27 hectares of vines on a south-facing slope with soil types of loam, limestone and clay. The wines on sale are the 'Special Reserve', a blend of three grape varieties, 'Bacchus Reichenstiener' and 'Schnoburger' all of which are excellent aperitifs or accompaniment to food. In addition there is an eight-year-old distilled brandy from the wine of the Seyval grape. The wine-making is done locally using the latest technology and is sold at the Castle shop and local farmers markets. For the future a champagne-method sparkling wine is being made and matured which will especially complement wedding reception
Address: Cheap Street
Sherborne
Dorset
Post code: DT9 3PY

Telephone: 01935 813182
Fax: 01935 816727
E-mail: enquiries@sherbornecastle.com
Web site: www.sherbornecastle.com


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I believe their champagne-method is up and running now too, will ahve to give that one a go.
Vic

Sarah

the new wine shop in Sherborne (Vineyards, by the tourist info centre) sells Sherborne Castle Wine.
mochyn

We sometimes buy from Wroxeter, too. As Judith says, they can be variable, but usually good.
Sarah D

Vic wrote:
Sarah

the new wine shop in Sherborne (Vineyards, by the tourist info centre) sells Sherborne Castle Wine.


Thanks for that.

Our local village shop stocks it at Christmas too, we have it then. I've just persuaded the new landlord at the pub to get hold of some too Very Happy
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