Introducing Strawberry Hill Vineyard, Gloucestershire
This is an interesting set up and unique in that the vines are grown in greenhouses – a perfectly sensible way to combat the good old British climate and one that affords English vigneron Tim Chance the pleasure of growing noble grape varieties.
The vineyard has 3 greenhouses, with further vines grown outdoors :
Greenhouse 1 – Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
Greenhouse 2 – Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon
Greenhouse 3 – Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
‘The Great Outdoors’ – Reichensteiner, Schonburger, Siegerrebe, Regent and Rondo
Strawberry Hill will soon release their 2010 Merlot, amongst other new vintages. Stay tuned to hear our findings on the wines themselves. Hopefully, one or two will make the cut and earn a place in our portfolio!
Three Choirs Vineyard, Gloucestershire
This vineyard is beautifully established in the rolling hills of the Gloucestershire countryside. Perfectly positioned in their own micro-climate, Three Choirs regularly produce award-winning wines from lesser known (but no less worthy) grape varieties that thrive in cooler conditions:
Bacchus, Seyval Blanc, Pinot Noir, Phoenix, Madeleine Angevine, Huxelrebe, Reichensteiner, Muller Thurgau, Triomphe, Regent, Schonburger, Rondo
All wine is produced and bottled on the premises. The vines are excellently maintained. Three Choirs is worth a visit any time of the year, although sipping a refreshing glass of their Willow Brook on the balcony overlooking the vines, after a delicious lunch in their restaurant, is possibly more satisfying during the summer months than in the dead of winter!
“Stay tuned for my ongoing discoveries, the journey continues…”