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Leaves and grapes on the vine

This is a great time for English wines, still and sparkling, which are scooping up awards and medals in international competitions against the best of the rest. At Forty Hall, we grow five varieties of grapes, Ortega and Bacchus for still white wines and the three Champagne varieties Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay for our traditional-method sparkling wines. Our winemaker, Will Davenport who runs Davenport Vineyards in Kent, is…

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Volunteers are the vineyard's lifeblood, and we rely on our volunteers in every aspect of vineyard management and development, from planting to harvesting and helping to maintain the beautiful vineyard. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us. Volunteering can provide many benefits, from the fun and challenge of trying something new and different, to meeting and socialising with new people from diverse backgrounds. It can increase confidence…

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First bottle a winner

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Our first ever bottle of wine, a 2013 Ortega, was opened and tasted amid great celebrations at our wine tasting course for volunteers run by Kitu Jhaveri and Nicki Symington. We tasted a selection of English still and sparkling white wines, saving ours until last. We thought it was delicious and easily rivalled the other wines in the selection - but we may be biased! The wine was avaible…

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