Greyfriars Vineyard celebrates wine on the North Downs

PUBLISHED: 13:32 27 June 2014 | UPDATED: 13:32 27 June 2014

Greyfriars Vineyard, Puttenham

Greyfriars Vineyard, Puttenham


Celebrating the release of its new sparkling wines, Greyfriars Vineyard is situated on the Hog’s Back at Puttenham.

The vineyard has undergone a huge expansion over the last three and a half years and released its debut wine under the ownership of Hilary and Mike Wagstaff late last year.

Over the last few weeks, this wine - a very limited production 2011 sparkling rosé - has won awards in three prestigious international competitions, the 2014 IWSC, 2014 Decanter and 2014 Sommelier Wine Awards.

Following hot on the heels of this success, Greyfriars is releasing its two new sparkling wines, a 2012 sparkling rosé and a 2011 Blanc de Blancs.

“Expansion has continued apace at Greyfriars with the successful completion of the 2013 vintage, the first to see the fruits of new plantings since 2011,” says Hilary.

“As a result, we now have the equivalent of almost 40,000 bottles of wine in tanks and barrels at our new winery at Monkshatch.

“This will be bottled for secondary fermentation over the next couple of months and will be available from 2015 onwards.”

As a result of this expansion, Greyfriars is on track to produce over 100,000 bottles per year by 2020 of high quality English sparkling wine reflecting the unique local soil conditions, climate and heritage of the North Downs.

To celebrate Greyfriars is hosting an open day on Saturday June 28, 10am to 5pm.

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