Latest News on What's Happening over English Wine Week
Welsh Wine Week
Vineyards across Wales are gearing up to celebrate this year’s Welsh Wine Week, running 2nd - 10th June 2012.
With homegrown wines currently enjoying a surge in popularity, Welsh Wine Week is the ideal time for consumers to taste Welsh wines for themselves; and discover why Wales is fast becoming known for the high quality of its wines as well as its rugby!
Throughout Welsh Wine Week, participating winemakers will be offering visitors the opportunity to tour their vineyards, enjoy tasting sessions and take advantage of special discounts, while learning about how the wines are produced and their individual characteristics develop.
Wales now boasts more than 20 vineyards and produces approximately 100,000 bottles of wine each year. Among the vineyards taking part is White Castle Vineyard in Abergavenny who will be uncorking their first ever wines during Welsh Wine Week – a celebration indeed!
Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and European Programmes, Alun Davies, comments: “With the awareness and popularity of home-grown wines on the increase amongst consumers, there’s never been a better time for us to help further raise the profile of Welsh wine and spread the word about its quality and future potential.”
For further information about Welsh Wine Week 2012, the participating vineyards and the activities taking place at each, visit www.walesthetruetaste.co.uk
All go at St Pancras
Seasonal British food accompanied by award-winning English wine are on the menu at St Pancras Station. The Champagne Bar on the station concourse are serving English Tapas accompanied by Bolney's Estate Bubbly.
The Gilbert Scott Restaurant at the St Pancras Renaissance hotel are celebrating English Wine Week with some fabulous pairings of quintessential English foods and English wines, such as Rock Oysters with Gusbourne Blanc de Blanc; Southwold Whitebait with Nyetimber Classic Cuvee and English Strawberries with Ridgeview's Knightsbridge
New Tasting Room at Terlingham
Terlingham Vineyard near Folkestone are opening a new Tasting Room, just in time for English Wine Week. The tasting room will open for tastings and tours of the vineyard will also be available throughout the Week, from 12.00-4.00pm. Thereafter the vineyard will be open by appointment.
"We've been working furiously to get our new Tasting Room ready for the public and we're just in the final stages of getting our menu written up," commented Craig Pask of Terlingham
Lower Loxley Wine and English Wine Week Celebrations on 'The Archers'
Officionados of BBC Radio 4's popular programme 'The Archers' is getting involved in English Wine Week. The local stately home, Lower Loxley produces wine from its own vineyard and they are planning celebrations to mark the Week. This year Lizzie Pargetter will also be entering their wine in to the English & Welsh Wine of the Year competition, taking place later in June - watch this space to see if they get a medal. The Archers are keen supporters of regional food and drink through a number of their storylines. The English wine story has been running for a number of years now.
Tune in to The Archers on www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/the-archers/
East Anglian vineyards at the Suffolk Show
If you are heading for East Anglia, be sure to visit the Suffolk Show, taking place on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th June. A number of East Anglia’s vineyards will be on show, where you can taste and buy from a large range of styles. More information on the Suffolk Show please press here.