Yorkshire wines are competing on a level with others from across the nation. Let’s take a look at our county’s vineyards in celebration of English Wine Week.
While English wine might not be at the forefront of your mind when choosing a tipple at the supermarket, it is actually beginning to catch on in a glorious fashion.
And this week, until Sunday, English Wine Week is taking place to celebrate the growing preference towards wine from our very own home vineyards.
While it was said in The Guardian this week that the south of England has similar climate and soil to Champagne, Yorkshire has its own fair share of wonderful wineries too. Let’s take a look at some of them:
With seven acres of vineyard and stunning panoramic vistas of the Holme Valley, this vineyard has been producing award-winning wine since 2009. From grape to bottle, you can get delicious white and rose wines.
Claiming to be Britain’s most northerly commercial vineyard, family-run Ryedale has been make wine on the Yorkshire Wolds since 2009. Their produce includes a variety of white wines (including the fabulously-named Yorkshire’s Lass), rose wines, red wines, sparkling wines and even cider.
Planting at this vineyard in Nun Monkton, York began in 2000 and five years later the first official wine emerged. After a labour of love, the vineyard now successfully grows 17 varieties of grapes and produce a selection of wines straight from the beating Yorkshire heart.
Established for much longer, this vineyard came about in the 1980s, proving that English wine, and indeed Yorkshire wine, is no new phenomenon. Based in Leeds, this husband and wife team produce award-winning Yorkshire Appellation wines, which are mainly whites but also some red and sparkling too.
Ironsides Yorkshire Country Wines
Located outside of York on eight acres, the orchard is handmade in small batches using traditional methods from the fruit trees in the orchard, including damsons, cherries, plums, apples, mulberries, rhubarb, gooseberries, elderflowers and sloes – giving a lovely alternative to grapes.
You can read a little more in-depth about the Yorkshire wines produced in this Guardian article from 2011.