First Sparkling Wine for Forty Hall Vineyard in London
2nd December 2015
Forty Hall Vineyard in Enfield, in the suburbs North London, has released their first sparkling wine – the first to be made in the region for centuries.
London might not be the first place to come to mind when thinking of vineyards, but Forty Hall estate is a wonderful escape from the city and it’s the first vineyard of it’s size in London since the middle-ages.
They have 10 acres of vines planted in this south-facing, gravelly plot, from which they aim to make quality still and sparkling wines with the help of the local English wine community. The winemakers try to be as organic as possible, avoiding the use of synthetic fungicides, herbicides or fertiliser.
Winemaker Will Davenport, who runs Davenport Vineyards in Kent, is the first and only winemaker in the UK to win gold medals and commendations every year since 2009 for wine made from organic grapes. In July 2014 he was awarded a gold medal for “Most Outstanding Sparkling Wine” in the English Wine Awards.
Forty Hall Brut 2013 is made from a classic blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier using the traditional method. Since it’s their first release, it’s only limited and available through their sponsorship programme.
Hopefully we will see more sparkling wines coming from Forty Hall in the future!
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