I know, an English vineyard, like going to look at an African glacier isn't it? Well no, surprisingly not! Although I have been to quite a few vineyards around the world, this was my first English one and was mainly due to the fact that I was staying in one of their adjoining (and truly excellent) holiday cottages that are on-site. Richard was in charge of the tour on our visit and I think one of my lasting memories will be my amazement that they have, over the course of 5 years, gone from "city-folk" to self-taught wine makers who are making some very decent wines! The tour was very interesting even to someone who'd been on them before, particularly the unique things facing English wine production and local considerations. Richard was extremely knowledgable but very interesting at the same time. I had taken my Mum along and it was her first vineyard visit but she was truly surprised and the work and effort that went into wine production - especially the sparkling. (I think personally she enjoyed the tasting at the end most but that's a different story!) Anyway, we left a couple of hours later, a few bottles heavier!! (The sparkling Brut Zero became our drink of the trip!) Well worth a visit if you're down Okehampton way.
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