When the subject of wine comes up, France, California, or Germany may come to mind early on, but a cursory Internet search will reveal that the wealth of UK Vintners should not be ignored.
A visit to the Thames Chilterns Vineyards Association web site will reveal a regional map of South Central England with no fewer than 17 vineyards located Northwest of London. Brightwell Vineyard is located 8 miles south of Oxford along the south side of the River Thames. They offer a variety of white wines along with a selection of red, rose, and a sparkling Chardonnay. Further South is another of the UK Vintners, Titchfield Vineyard, where you will find a selection of red wines, pressed from Pinot Noir and Dunkelfelder grapes, as well as some whites and sparkling wines, many of them award winners.
The web site of English Wine Producers displays an interactive map where you can select a particular region to search UK Vintners. Search in the North of England, and you will find Leventhorpe Vineyard located in Leeds. Their web site offers a menu of predominantly white wines, but you can find both red and sparkling selections. Venture even further North into Scotland; Dalrossach Vineyard is located in Glenkindie, while Poly Croft Vineyard is in Outer Hebrides, West of mainland Scotland.
While on the English Wine Producers site, click the interactive map on Wales to find Jabajak Vineyard, planted in 2007. This vineyard also boasts a restaurant and rooms where you can stay and, while there, sample their signature “Whitehouse Connection” white wine or the Welsh Blush sparkling wine that, according to the site, was introduced in May of 2016.
The web site for the South West Vineyards Association will offer up a directory of UK Vintners located in Southwest England and Wales. Among the 42 listings, is a’Beckett’s, the Langham Family Vineyard who, per their web site, feature “award winning English Sparkling and Still wines along with Cider and Apple juice from our orchards”. This UK Vintner is near Stonhenge. The SWVA site also lists White Castle Vineyard in South Wales where you can see a selection of both white and red wines, many of which are award winners.
Next time you plan to shop for wine, consider the wine regions around the United Kingdom, where you will find a variety of award winning bottles.
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