A sign of the vines at Greyfriars Vineyard - Surrey Creations
PUBLISHED: 11:36 10 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:00 10 March 2017
In the latest edition of Surrey Life’s Surrey Creations photography series, photographer Phillip Traill heads off to meet the team at Greyfriars Vineyard in Puttenham
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine February 2017
A potted history:
Despite the vines being planted almost 30 years ago, Greyfriars Vineyard led a relatively quiet existence until the start of this decade - when ambitious new owners set about putting the place firmly on the international wine map.
Greyfriars Vineyard is found on the south facing chalk slopes of the Hog’s Back, which are blessed with similar geological and soil conditions to the Champagne region in France, just outside Guildford at Puttenham.
Owned by Mike and Hilary Wagstaff since 2010, the vineyard has grown and grown under their ownership and Greyfriars’ now award¬-winning wines are more widely available than ever before.
While last autumn’s crop looks to be among their best ever, make sure to try their oaked 2013 Blanc de Blancs and 2013 Rosé Reserve, which were both commended at the 2016 International Wine Challenge, while you still can.
This summer, their brand new chalk caves should come into their own for storage and visitor attraction purposes.
Their vineyard tours (£12 per person) last 90-minutes and end with a tutored tasting of several of their sparkling and still wines on a viewing deck in the middle of the vineyard.
In April, Greyfriars will also offer young wine tasting events (£15 per person) in the evenings. These will be held in the chalk cave and compare a selection of base wines and blends from the 2016 harvest to their current wine range. It’s a fantastic opportunity to experience some future and as yet unreleased wines.
• See greyfriarsvineyard.co.uk for more
Surrey Creations is a series by local photographer, Philip Traill, exploring people in their work environment, capturing the characters and what they do in a single image. To contact Philip, send an e¬mail to him at: email@example.com
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