Contents

Vineyards
Wine Making
Food and Wine
Wine Tourism
Grapes and Wine (Who grows what)
Books & background material
Where to buy wine online
Photographic Recordof Vine Development
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The vineyard year

Visit a vineyard

Notes on Vineyard Visits in the UK
Grape places to stay
A vine day out in Britain
East Midlands wineries
Devon, glorious Devon (plus wine!)
Vineyards of Wales- trifold for download
Restaurants serving English and Welsh wines
Data Protection Policy

News, Articles and Opinions

Terroir or pure guesswork?

What is the best vine to grow?

It was Prime Minister Harold Macmillan who when asked what was the most difficult thing to cope with in his job is alleged to have responded ‘Events dear boy, events’. Vine growers need to think in a similar manner. Thirty years ago, if anyone had planted Chardonnay in Britain, they would have been regarded as mad- 'everyone' knew that the climate was too cold and the growing season too short.. Now, climatic changes and the increasing demand for sparkling wine have made both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir extremely viable, especially in the southern counties.. But for how much longer? France is increasingly getting too hot for its traditional grapes.In fifty years, this could also be true of southern Britain There was an article in the Guardian recently about vines in Sweden, where the growers are looking for a vine that will suit their climate. Currently, they grow Madeleine Angevine. Soon, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot? Given the speed at which climatic change is occuring faster than the experts predicted, and that viticulturalists need to look at least 10 years ahead to repay their investment, it may well come to that. A Scottish Riesling from the Great Glen may well be only a few years away!

ARTICLES

  • Who produces particular variatals?
  • Location,location,location-UKVA Competition triumph for one of the oldest Hampshire vineyards
  • Major changes in the UK Wine Industry
  • The grapes used for the sparkling wines of the UK
  • Do you have a canary in your vineyard?
  • List of web sites with sales facilties
  • Some thoughts on Minerality in wines
  • What sheep will match your vineyard?
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