A Yorkshire Vineyard in 2006

Wine cultivation in England, even in the North, is not new. The Romans made wine here, as did Cistercian and Benedictine monks.

A former Chemistry teacher, George Bowden, has established a vineyard in Yorkshire, on a south-facing slope covering six acres close to Leeds.

It's known as the Leventhorpe vineyard. There are three other Yorksire vineyards. The newest is near Malton, north of the county - the Ryedale vineyard.

Bowden's wine has won numerous medals. Oz Clarke found Bowden's Seyval 2001 the best of several wines in a televised blind tasting. He was given a selection of wines priced from 3 to 15 from wine-growing regions around the world, and chose the Seyval 2001 (normally selling at 6) as the best.

"Wines of the Week" (DT, 8 Jul 06) included the 2004 Leventhorpe Madeleine Angevine (this is the grape variety). 11.5% alc.

Contact details- Leventhorpe vineyard, Bullerthorpe Lane, Woodlesford, Leeds. 0113 288 9088.

ND comment - you don't need 99p coins, either, when buying his wine, which is a good sign....

For more information on English wine, see www.englishwineproducers.com

Nigel Deacon / Diversity website

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