Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Award-winning vintages

SEVERAL wineries in the Henley area have been acclaimed for their produce.

SEVERAL wineries in the Henley area have been acclaimed for their produce.

In 2013 the Duchess of Cornwall praised the wines and liqueurs of the Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery in Hambleden. She and Prince Charles were among 60,000 visitors to the Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace, where the business was a stallholder.

Chiltern Valley was founded by David Ealand in 1980 and is managed by his son Donald. It is the only winery to hold a royal warrant.

Earlier that year, Laithwaite’s Wine won the Judgement of Parson’s Green award with its 2009 Wyfold Vineyard Sparkling Wine, seeing off competition from 78 other English sparkling wines, one from California and three champagnes.

The one-and-a-half acre vineyard is owned by Barbara Laithwaite, from Peppard Common and Cherry Thompson, from Wyfold. It was founded in 2003 and produced its first harvest three years later.



In 2011 the Oaken Grove Vineyard in Fawley won gold in the English and Welsh Wine of the Year competition for its rose, called Benham Blush.

Other nearby vineyards include Fawley Vineyard and Pheasants’ Ridge, near Hambleden.

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