Tag: English Wine

Vineyard visit – Denbies Surrey

Hello All,

What a successful Sunday.

We went off to the Surrey country side to visit the Denbies vineyard. I wrote about the visit to a Kentish vineyard earlier this year. I find it amazing to find good white and rose wines in England and also nice sparkling wines. Denbies is the biggest vineyard in England and is a lovely site.

The restaurant offers a great view over the vineyard and great food too. Overall, definitely worth a Sunday afternoon. If the weather is nice, you can walk over 10 miles around the estate if you would like to.

As a result of our visit, we decided to grow our own wines. We got some planks, a “growing wall” and two wine plants. The results can be seen here:

Vineyard at Ballueder's
Vineyard at Ballueder's

Please note the happy wife in the background ๐Ÿ˜‰

Well, I guess it is back to work tomorrow. Have a good one,


English wine

Just wanted to quickly sum up our Chartered Management Institute Trip to Chapel Down, a vineyard in Kent.

Unfortunately the weather was not too great, but we managed to get there in one piece, had a peak around the vineyard and the production site and then went to the most important part: the tasting.

We tasted a few wines:

  • Brut NV – a sparkling wine that is made similar to the one in the Champagne and it is really nice. My wife of course got herself a bottle.
  • Bacchus 2006 – a nice “table wine”, a white one from a German grape.
  • English Rose 2007 – a very lovely rose wine which even I liked a lot. I can picture myself sitting on our new patio, sunny Sunday, slurping some English Rose ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Rondo Pinot Noir – very oaky and similar to a Burgundy. Not 100% my taste but nice.

With lunch our table tried another White, the Bacchus Reserve 2006 which was stronger in taste but not necessarily much nicer.
Coming from Germany I tried the Downland Velvet 2005 which contains Dornfelder grapes….not my taste at all. It shows, see older post, how much I move away from German, even wine wise.

That sums the trip up well. Had a snooze on the way back in the bus and had a nice Cabernet Sauvignon at night – nothing beats a CabSav ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have a good day,