Blackbook winery launches "London-grown London-made" wine
London urban winery Blackbook Winery claims its is releasing “the first London-grown London-made wine since Roman times”.
Tamesis is a single vineyard still wine made from Bacchus grapes from Forty Hall Vineyard in Enfield, North London.
The wine is one of three releases this spring from Blackbook Winery, which produced its first wines in 2017. Tamesis will be joined by ‘I’d Rather be a Rebel” 2018 rose (made using 100% Pinot Noir grapes from Crouch Valley Vineyard in Essex) and ‘The Mix-Up’, which is the winery’s 2018 50-50 Bacchus-Ortega blend, made using grapes from Redhill Farm Estate in Kent.
Co-founder and winemaker, Sergio Verrillo, said: “At Blackbook we are proud of our London heritage and passionate about the city. We strive to demonstrate that world class wine can be produced in an urban winery and believe that our new Tamesis wine is a perfect example. Forty Hall Vineyard is the only commercial-scale vineyard in London and is run as a social enterprise engaging a committed set of enthusiastic volunteers.
"It is certified organic, avoiding the use of synthetic fungicides, herbicides or fertilizers to encourage sustainability, biodiversity and natural balance. I am a winemaker who likes to follow a traditional winemaking approach with low sulphur wines and indigenous elements, seeking to preserve the varietal characters in its wines.”
Blackbook’s 2018 vintage of approximately 17,000 bottles has more than tripled from the 5,500 in 2017, and it has extended the range from four to eight wines, using grapes sourced from seven vineyards, all within two hours of London.
The Battersea-based winery holds weekly winery experiences and tasting sessions as well as special events throughout the year, led by Verrillo. It also has an exclusive wine club, The Black Book, which offers members first access to the new releases as well as exclusive events at the winery throughout the year, including a post-harvest barrel tasting at the winery.