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Mo



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 8:06 am    Post subject: Local Vineyard  Reply with quote

Wasn't sure where to put this and decided here would be ok.

Prompted by Pressie wrapping - we got a few bottles as gifts this year.

We discovered only this year that we have a local vineyard.
http://www.summerhousevineyard.co.uk/

We went to their Open Day in August but we didn't have much time to spare. We arrived at opening time on the dot. On the plus side we were given the full talk personally, on the down side it was a tad embarassing to be the first ones in the gate, and the first to leave.

We hope to go again next year at a more sociable time.

There were 3 wines to sample. The Rondo was good, and we chose that for our gifts and ourselves. We also bought some of the Seyval Blanc which is nice, not great but nice. The third was a blend as I recall and was a bit too 'fluffy' for me, pleasant enough and probably suited to sipping on a summers evening in a long, floaty dress ;)

We were just in awe of the fact that someone was actually producing wine so close to us.
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bodger



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are well worth an entry for having a vineyard so far north. I read somewhere that vineyards only stood a chance in the south below a line drawn from The Wash to somewhere on the other side of the country. Even allowing for global warming, they're really on a sticky wicket. Hats off to the owners for giving it a go.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow,

I used to live in Donny and I didn't know that place existed - I would have certainly gone for a visit.

For anyone in Gloucestershire, the Three Choirs vinyard is well worth the visit.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We've been there Jonty and you're quite right. Its well worth a visit.
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Mo



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's near a limestone quarry and the site is apparently very like some areas of France. They did a lot of research and I should have paid more attention but I was busy quaffing, being the non-driver for the day. The Lady started with just a few vines and when it worked they just ploughed forward.

It was very bizarre to stand on a vineyard slope on a sunny day in Yorkshire!
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Mo



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jonty wrote:
Wow,

I used to live in Donny and I didn't know that place existed - I would have certainly gone for a visit.

For anyone in Gloucestershire, the Three Choirs vinyard is well worth the visit.


Small world  

We spied the little sign some time ago and couldn't quite believe it ourselves but with a drive round we found we could actually see the vines so we Googled, as you do   and found out about the Open Day.
Have to confess we've kept it quiet amongst our friends & family as we wanted to impress with our Christmas Gifts.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have a nice little local vineyard where the wines are good, they even do a "champagne".  They are very friendly and there is a minature exhibition vineyard as well which show all the different methods of training and pruning vines.  Plus it is in a beautiful part of the countryside.

Frome Valley Vineyard Link

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are at leat 3 vineyard in Yorkshire now, this is the one I know in Holmfirth (Last of the Summer Wine country): http://www.holmfirthvineyard.com/

There are at least one other in Leventhorpe and another (the newest in 2008 I am led to believe) in Ryedale, Malton.

They are all supposed to be very successful.
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Mo



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have a wine map somewhere but I'm not going rooting for it just now. It'll pop up in the New Year I'm sure.

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