Lovells and Tiltridge Vineyards
Tiltridge was a long established vineyard, first planted in 1988, down a rural lane near Upton upon Severn with vines planted by Peter and Sandy Barker. It was trellised on the Double Guyot system and has always produced good quality dry wines vinified at nearby Three Choirs. The wines include the ELGAR brand honouring the composer who lived nearby in the Malvern Hills. The site is sheltered from the westerly winds.
Catherina & John Rollinson
|Grapes at Tiltridge|
|Grapes at Lovells|
The labels are by courtesy of the Elgar Trust, named after the composer who was born in nearby Broadheath. The one illustrated is of Dora Penny, a friend of Elgar.
Near to Tiltridge, a new vineyard has been developed by Catherina and John Rollinson on a 15 acre field next to their home. After extensive work on land drains, the first acre of vines were planted in 2010. Mulch mats were laid around the vines- until it was found that the local rabbits appreciated this extra source of food! In 2012, 4.5 acres of new varieties were planted on GDC, with cross posts designed by James Hadley. French Bougies, pioneered at in Britain at Ridgeview vineyard, are used to prevent early year frosting. Bird netting and bird scarers were also brought in in order to preserve the crop. The measures taken appear to have worked, and in 2013, the first serious crop was taken and sent to Three Choirs for vinefication. In that year too, the Barkers at Tiltridge retired, and Lovells took over the Elgar brand, so preserving a long established name. Long may it succeed.
Food and Wine
Welsh border region
|Quince in white wine||Chicken in ginger||Ling in White sauce|