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Surrey’s Fine Wines…

April 30th 2015
By: Melanie Hollidge

Every year in May we celebrate English wines, Surrey’s diverse landscape offers some of the most aromatic and varied tasting wines in the country. Looking for something to do this May bank holiday…How about checking out some of Surrey’s wines and vineyards - Albury, Denbies, Godstone and Greyfriars.
 
Albury Vineyards
 
Situated not far from Guildford on the southern slopes of the North Downs in the beautiful Surrey Hills. They grow vines which are traditional Champagne varieties including; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, as well as some Seyval and Pinot Gris. Their wines are completely organic and their sparkling wines and still Rosé will be available next month, in May.
 
Denbies Wine Estate
 
Situated not far from Box Hill and Dorking. They are one of the largest wine growers in the UK. Their wines compete on an International level and they have won several gold awards; their first ever gold award was for their Rose wine, and their most recently won a gold for their Noble Harvest Dessert Wine.
 
Godstone Vineyards
 
Situated not far from Caterham and Godstone, the Deeley family first planted their vines in 1985 and enjoyed their first vintage in 1988. The vineyard is set in 50 acres and the vines are grown on a gentle south-facing slope, which gives their wine a wonderful aroma. There three varieties of grapes, Seyval Blanc, Dornfelder and Baccus, produce White, Rosé and Sparkling Wine.
 
Greyfriars Vineyard
 
This 40 acres vineyard was planted in 1989, with three classical Champagne varieties including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Situated near Guildford, they grow their wines in unique local soil conditions, as they have clay/loam topsoil over several hundreds of feet of wonderful free draining Cretaceous chalk. They produce their Rosé reserve which has won 3 awards, and they have released two more vintages Sparkling Rosé and their 2011 Blanc de Blancs, as well as two more still wines – a Pinot Noir and Sauvignon blancs as well as this year their Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc.