Vagabond Wines set to release an English sparkler as urban winery bears fruit
Vagabond Wines has opened the doors of its urban winery, bar and restaurant in the old Battersea Power Station and it is poised to launch its first wine.
The London indie has brought in award-winning winemaker Gavin Monery, who worked on Cliff Roberson’s London Cru winery, to helm the project.
He has worked with the team to produce an English sparkling wine, made from grapes sourced in Oxfordshire.
Next in the pipeline will be a barrel-fermented English Pinot Noir rosé, followed by home-grown Bacchus and Chardonnay.
It said its winemaking vision is to celebrate English wine, working with local vineyards to bring the art of winemaking straight into the heart of the city.
Monery said: “London has a history of combining old traditions and new ideas; there’s an eccentricity here that thrives on the new and unusual. For years the London food scene has taken the best people, ingredients and ideas from around the world and we’re an extension of that. We’re sourcing grapes from top quality sites across the UK, Europe and South Africa, making wines with the same techniques and attention to detail as the best estates in the world. “
Vagabond’s founder and managing director Stephen Finch added: “We’ re always thinking of ways to make wine more exciting and accessible for our customers. So instead of simply bringing great wine to London, why not make great wine in London?
“Allowing customers to see how wine is made, and drink wines on-site that have been made on-site, helps to bring customers closer to wine in a fun and educational way that’s not really been done before in London.”
The winery, bar and restaurant are now open in Circus Village West, Battersea Power Station.