Vineyard Tours & Events around East Anglia
Events for 2017
AGM - 8th March - Erben Office Hadliegh 11.30 - Pls book firstname.lastname@example.org
National Trade Tasting - 8th May
UKVA National Competition - 15/16th May
ENGLISH WINE WEEK 27th May - 4th June
EAVA Regional Competition - Wyken Vineyard 14th June
EAVA Awards Ceremony - Toppesfield Vineyard, Essex Sunday 18th June
Giffords Hall Vineyard Summer Tours 2017
Grand Tour 2nd May - £5 tickets available from website (see vineyard shop) includes an accompanied tour around the vineyard and full winetasting of the new wines in our cellar door shop - children under 18 free. Teas/coffee, cake and ice creams from the Al fresco cafe - picnic box can be booked ahead.
Tours also available 19th June, and later this summer 24th July £5, and 29th August £5 see http://www.giffordshall.co.uk/cart/grand-tour-tickets-p-150.php
tickets also available from Eventbrite - full refund in event of cancellation
Warden Abbey Vineyards English WIne Week Tours
Latest News From Warden Abbey
Christmas at Giffords Hall Vineyard www.giffordshall.co.uk
The Christmas cell ar door is now open 11 am - 4 pm every day (except Mondays)
Pop in for a taste of our delicous wines and liqueurs and browse our range of unsual gift Ideas, candles, lucious smellies, hampers, chocolates PLUS - DEC 13th and 14th Special Evening with Mrs H's local cheeses - sample and buy some amazing local cheese wwith a delcious glass of wine! 6-8 pm - pls email email@example.com
Chocolate and Wine - two of our favourite things!
Warden Abbey Vineyard Heritage Open Day and Wine Sale Sunday 14th September 11am-4pm Free entry & parking
WARDEN ABBEY URGENTLY NEED VOLUNTEER PICKERS FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND 4/5TH OCTOBER!!!!! CONTACT JANE ON THE NUMBER BELOW
Come and find out the story of the medieval vineyard and abbey, why and how the monks made wine, and how we care for the vines all year round. There will also be educational encounters with owls and other animals with Teaching Talons, BBQ, refreshments, “Wine for beginners” sessions and tastings, along with other local food stalls. The latest Warden Abbey wines will be available to taste & buy (cash and cheques only please). Located near Old Warden, the vineyard is now run by Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity as a community vineyard which is cared for all year round by volunteers and works with other local charities and schools. The Open Day is being organised by the Friends of Warden Abbey Vineyard. For more information and directions see or phone 07981 113714 www.wardenvineyard.org.uk Please note, may not be suitable for those with limited mobility.
http://www.insidesuffolk.com/ - just launched - a great new website!
Several of our Local Vineyards were present at the BIG ONION FESTIVAL held on the 6th-7th September at Elveden
Valley Farm Vineyard hosted the Autumn Waffle and Walk on the 3rd September.
The weather was very kind to us that day as some of our members enjoyed an informal tour around the vineyard with owners Vanessa and Elaine. Agronomist Jerry Garner and Robb Capp, where very informative and interesting. Of course no event would be complete without a spot of wine tasting!!! We would like to thank Vanessa and Elaine for kindly hosting the event.
D J Wines at Aldeburgh Food Festival Oct 1st
We have the pleasure of hosting a fringe event of the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival on the 1st October - don't miss out on your chance to get involved (limited spaces available).
For more information and to book your place please go to http://www.dj-wines.com/winery-tour-and-tastings/
PHOTOS FROM THE EAVA WINE OF THE YEAR COMPETITION - HELD AT WEST STREET VINEYARD ON 18TH JUNE 2014
All the competition wines from this years event were available to members of the Public to taste after the Judging. All visitors were given a vote as to their best choice.
EAVA WINE OF THE YEAR COMPETITON 2014
The East Anglian Vineyards Association will held a three-course dinner specially for it's members, which will included the annoucement of the winners of the East Anglian Vineyard Wine of the Year Competition and presentation of the awards. Essex Life magazine also attended the event and it was a wonderful opportunity for all our vineyards to come together. All money raised went towards EAVA funds.
The Programme for the day:
10:00am Judges meet
1:00pm Judges Lunch
3-5:00pm Public and Press Tasting
6:00pm EAVA Committee meeting
7:30pm Gala Dinner and Prize
IMPORTANT: Members who wish to bring their wines to show at the Public and Press Tasting should contact West Street Vineyard 01376 563 303 to book a free stand (please bring disposable tasting glasses). We will be including an opportunity for the public to add their comments on their favourite competition wines.
Please also note, West Street Vineyard has kindly asked for members to bring their own wines for dinner. There will be no corkage costs incurred. If members would like to stay the night, West Street Vineyard have a preferential rate at the White Hart Hotel in Coggeshall. All you need to do is mention that you are coming to dinner at West Street for this event.
The committee would like to kindly thank West Street Vineyard for once again allowing us to use this fabulous venue.
CHARLES AND CAMILLA ON VISIT TO ESSEX VINEYARD
For Charles, the only way was Essex for English wine
The royal couple recently paid a visit to Purleigh in Essex, the home of the county's leading vineyard New Hall Wines to find out for themselves what is the best in food and drink from that part of Essex.
As the royal couple found out, nothing much beats a glass of New Hall Bacchus paired with oysters from Maldon it is the perfect combination. Darryl Kemp, New Hall's general manager was on hand to talk the Duchess of Cornwall about the wines from New Hall.
This leading Essex vineyard has had an amazing year having carried off numerous trophys including winemaker of the year. The royal visit was a great opportunity for this vineyard to show the Duchess of Cornwall, president of the United Kingdon Vineyards Association (UKVA), first hand the range of wines it produces from its delicious sparkling to its signature Bacchus.
Discretion being the greater part of valour, Kemp declined to comment on what wine proved to the favourite with the Duchess.
Wonderful article on wines from East Anglia
Great Evening at West Street Wine Barn
Members of the Press and even The BBC Look East Team enjoyed a wine tasting and a wonderful dinner at West Street on the 21st November to mark the 30th Anniversay of the East Anglian Vineyards Association - the clip was shown live and focussed on the wonderful wines from the East Anglian region
Giffords Hall Vineyard wins Waitrose Local and Regional Supplier of the Year
Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity
Temperatures and sales soar at Bedfordshire community vineyard’s first Open Day
Sales exceeded all expectations at the Open Day and Wine Sale at Warden Abbey Vineyard near Old Warden on Sunday 22nd, averaging a bottle sold for every minute of the sale. Visitors were able to tour the vineyard and were among the first to sample- and indeed buy- the new award-winning 2012 vintage. Other attractions included tutored wine tastings, light lunches and refreshments, all enjoyed in the glorious sunshine. All proceeds go back into keeping this historic vineyard for the community.
Wine and Dine
Dinner at the Famous Brudenell Hotel Aldeburgh
10th September 7.00pm
Join us for a great evening of food and wine sourced from local vineyard Giffords Hall. Guy and Linda Howard will be on hand to talk through the wines served with each of the four sumptuous courses.
For more details and special offer prices, please contact the Brudenell on 01728 452071 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Warden Abbey Community Abbey
Weekend vineyard volunteer sessions
These sessions will primarily be to trim/thin the leaf canopy, and strip leaves from around the grape bunches. Please note that these sessions are free, but you do need to book a place. Bookings: 07981 113714 or email@example.com
Sunday 18th August 10.30 - 1.30 pm - Trimming/Thinning
Sunday 8th September 10.30 - 1.30 pm - Leaf Stripping
Iceni Tours will be conducting Vineyard tours encompassing three of our member vineyards.
For further details please contact John Hatfield on Tel: 01473 808 826 or visit iceni-tours.co.uk
Exhibition of Coastal Paintings - Rodney Freeman @Giffords hall Vineyard
23rd August - 1st September - Wine tasting and Art Exhibition
11am - 4 pm
Rodney Freeman is exhibiting his work at Giffords Hall Vineyard. This local painter is known for his beautiful paintings of seascapes, coastal scenery and boats. Giffords Hall is always open for the bank holiday weekend in conjuntion with Hartest Fete, which starts at 2pm on Monday. For more information on this local painter, please see www.giffordshall.co.uk or call 01284 830 799
Depden Farm shop and Training: Vines and Viticulture
Sunday 22nd September, 9.30am – 12.45pm Fancy a few glasses of your own Châteaux Vino? Growing grapes for wine and eating in England is becoming a real possibility thanks to climate change and advances in plant breeding. This half day course will tell you all you need to know to get started. Learn how to grow vines on a domestic scale, planting and cultivation, diseases and pruning. We’ll also cover recommended cultivars and where to buy them..£45.00 per person (£65 for two)
Price includes hand outs, coffee/tea and pastries on arrival, a light lunch and wine tastings.
Booking is essential. Please book on line via Big Barn or in person at the shop. http://www.depden.com/training/ 07816828016