Vineyards push for English Wine Week

14 May, 2010

Vineyards will be opening their doors to the public for English Wine Week 2010, which will run from May 29 to June 6.

Yearlstone Vineyard in Tiverton, Devon is hosting a talk, Making a Living from a Vineyard, while Denbies will get the public bud rubbing.

Kent’s Harbourne Vineyard is offering 10% discounts on wines bought during the week, with many other vineyards offering free tours, wine and local food tastings, discounts and talks.

Laithwaites and the Wine Society will be among a host of retailers participating in activities. “It’s all about creating a stir, keeping English wines in the public’s sight, and engaging what is already a real interest,” said Julia Trustram Eve of English Wine Producers.

Statistics from the Food Standards Agency show a 20% increase in wine production hectarage from 2008 to 2009, with a further 25% planted but still to come on stream.

Around 3 million bottles were produced for the 2009 vintage.




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