At one time English wine was looked down on but these days, it has developed an excellent reputation for its white wines, whether bubbly or not! It also has always been known for its fruit wine and mead – England’s original alcoholic drink.
We are delighted to have a range of English wines from small artisan producers, encompassing both 'plain' and 'fruity'. Why not give them a try, from the sweet to the dry, the volunteers are there to help you find something to suit your palate.
The varieties we will have available during the week (not all on at one time) are:
Brightwell Vineyard is situated 1 mile north of Wallingford. The flinty chalk greensand and gravel of the Thames Valley provides ideal grapevine soil, while also being sheltered by the surrounding hills of the Chilterns, North Downs and Cotswolds makes the region one of the warmest and driest areas of the UK. The vineyard produces white, rosé, red and sparkling wines which frequently win medals in Regional, National and International competitions.
Wines: Chardonnay, Crispin, Dry, Oxfordshire Gold, Regatta, Rose
Lyme Bay Winery
This winery is situated outside Axminster in Dorset. They produce fruit wines alongside both still and sparkling wines. As well as wines, they have a range of award winning meads, which are fermented, blended and aged on site.
Fruit Wines: Birch Black Beer & Raisin, Cherry, Elderflower, Raspberry, Strawberry,
Meads: Garden Mead, Tournament, Traditional Mead, West Country Mead
Sedlescombe is an organic vineyard comprising 22 acres, certified by the Soil Association, based near Hastings. They grew their first organic grapes in 1982. Their products include fruit wines, fruit juices and farmhouse ciders.
Wines: First Release, Gem of the Weald Rose