Vineyards

What makes a good vineyard to visit? Everyone has their own opinions, but to us the perfect vinyard offers some quality wines to taste and buy with some options for exploring / touring, a bit of a learning opportunity and perhaps a delicious bite to eat. Above all, a passion for growing grapes and making wine that shines through in the owner’s unique way.

Up and Running at Denbies Wine Estate

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Up and Running at Denbies Wine Estate

When I signed up months ago for the Surrey Bacchus Half Marathon I was pretty confident that by the time it arrived I’d already have one half marathon under my belt and my running would be on top form. It didn’t quite turn out that way. Injury meant I missed my planned debut in London […]

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Where to for English Wine Week?

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Where to for English Wine Week?

Vineyards have been taking root all over the country in recent years, with the vineyard area doubling since 2008 and continuing to grow rapidly. That means that wherever you are in the country, you’ll not be too far away from one. If you’ve not yet visited your local wine producer, English Wine Week (Sat 28th […]

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The Marquis at Alkham and other UK Vineyards with Accommodation

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The Marquis at Alkham and other UK Vineyards with Accommodation

Having carefully collated which UK vineyards offer accommodation, I have long wanted to visit each and everyone one of them. Like most people, though, I have a day job and other calls on my time and money, so I always have half an eye on our map of vineyards to see if I can fit any into everyday life. When […]

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English Wine in 2016 – my predictions

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English Wine in 2016 – my predictions

Well, gosh hasn’t there been a lot in the press about English wine lately? Seems everyone has heard of Taittinger’s acquisition of land in Kent and, as Richard Goring of Wiston Estate said to me the day after the news came out, it’s going to make a lot of people who hadn’t previously taken English […]

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Winbirri – Bringing Home the Bacchus

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Winbirri – Bringing Home the Bacchus

You can’t have enough East Anglian Bacchus, according to Lee Dyer, owner of Winbirri Vineyard in Norfolk. That’s why he is planning to plant more vines to add to the 25 acres he already cares for in Surlingham, a small village on the edge of the Broads National Park near Norwich. I met Lee when […]

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The War on Dullness at Renishaw Hall

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The War on Dullness at Renishaw Hall

There’s something about walled gardens – perhaps the sense of security or the promise of secrets – that makes them so appealing. For me, it’s also the chance that one might contain a hidden vineyard. The vineyard at Renishaw Hall in Derbyshire, a few miles from Sheffield, was originally planted in the walled garden of […]

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My English Wine Fortnight

Filed in Vineyards by on June 17, 2015
My English Wine Fortnight

I’ve been thinking back on what I did in English Wine Week and the week after – there was such a variety of things that I thought it would be fun to share. None of what I did was by special invitation and so, although I’m fortunate to have been able to be flexible with work […]

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A view of the sea from Polgoon Vineyard

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A view of the sea from Polgoon Vineyard

It has been suggested that I could produce a quiz about the vineyards of the UK, having visited so many. If that ever happens, make sure your revision includes vineyards with alpacas – there are more than you might think! Another topic I’d include is those with a sea view, although I’ve only come across […]

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Three Squirrels and a Pint of Wine at Hazel End

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Three Squirrels and a Pint of Wine at Hazel End

According to his diary entry for December 1st 1660, after a fortifying venison pasty, Samuel Pepys and his friend Mr Shipley “went into London, and calling upon Mr. Pinkney [headed to the tavern to enjoy] a pint of wine”. Later, after another pint at The Star, Samuel Pepys went home, his “brains somewhat troubled with so […]

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Camel Valley – a worthy detour for any visitor to Cornwall

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Camel Valley – a worthy detour for any visitor to Cornwall

The picture of smiling visitors enjoying a glass of wine in the evening sun on the terrace at Camel Valley overlooking the vineyards is probably one of the most familiar to people with any interest in wines from our shores. In fact the number of people with barely a passing interest in English and Welsh […]

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