It’s not everyday that royalty drops into Rathfinny, but this week Her Royal Highness Princess Anne came to officially open their new winery buildings: The ‘Cellar’, which will store all their wine whilst it matures in the bottle ‘on-lees’ and the ‘Bottling’ centre that will house all their bottling, riddling, disgorging, labelling and packaging equipment.
Wine producers in Britain will plant a record 1m vines over the next 12 months, allowing growers to produce 2m more bottles of wine a year in the south of a country not historically known for its viticulture.
The figures demonstrate that wine is one of the fastest-growing agricultural products in the UK. Over the last 10 years the number of acres planted with grapevines in England and Wales has grown by 135%, according to the English Wine Producers trade body.
Among those planting new rootstocks are two big French champagne houses, Taittinger and Vranken-Pommery Monopole, which have announced
With all sorts of excitement about a Royal wedding and a possible Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Wiston Estate Vineyard were delighted to have their Wiston Rosé NV on the menu for Her Majesty the Queen's visit to Chichester Festival Theatre last week. As gracious as ever, the Queen met with local dignitaries (including the Vice Lord Lieutenant - Harry Goring) before watching a performance of two songs from Fiddler on the Roof.