With just about 4 months to go (4 months and 2 days to be precise) before I trek close to 50km of the Great Wall of China as part of Fabulous Challenges, and in aid of breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel!; there’s no better way of breaking in the boots than to go to Greyfriars Vineyard Open Day!
Greyfriars Vineyard is nestled in the Surrey Hills along the Hogs Back, and has focused on producing high quality sparkling wines. The open day marked the release of a number of new wines, including their new still wines, as well as an opportunity to have tour of vineyard, and of course some all important tasting.
Saturday proved to be a perfect day for an adventure, and as we drove down the single lane track towards the vineyard, the views were breathtaking. Upon arrival we were taken on a whistle stop tour of the vineyard before heading uphill along the newer expansion, where over 40 acres they have planted the three Champagne grape varieties; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
This led us nicely to the tasting platform where we were presented with 3 sparkling and 3 still wines to try. Michael talked us through each one, the story behind it all, and the vision ahead. It’s refreshing to hear that although they are expanding, ultimately they want to keep this exclusively within Surrey. After tasting all 6 our favourites by far were the 2013 Sparkling Rose and the 2012 Blanc de Blancs, so much so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity of purchasing 6 bottles of each.
The 2013 Sparkling Rose is made using 100% Pinot Noir grapes, and is the first released from the expanded plantings. With the tiny little bubbles this deliciously fruity sparkling wine is beautifully pale pink in colour, and is sweeter than the Blanc de Blancs. Despite the sweetness, the dryness makes it perfect for a variety of pairings, and especially perfect for the summer months and our BBQ parties to come.
The vintage 2012 Blanc de Blancs is made using the Chardonnay grapes from the more mature vines, and is the second harvest since Michael and Hilary took over the vineyard in 2010. Matured for nearly two years, this sparkling wine is pale in colour, slightly dry, and benefits from the touch of sugar that is added to it. This is a great all-rounder and ticks all the boxes and then some.
Greyfriars has won a number of awards and rightly so. Their sparkling wines are of a high quality, are perfect for those special events, dinner parties, and when you want a faultless sparkling wine. Alongside their open days there are only a select number of stockists and restaurants within Surrey where it is available. For those in the area this is a sparkling wine you need to try, for those not near Surrey fear not, an online shop is coming soon. The very fact that this is on our doorstep is fantastic. Greyfriars you have our support.
For more information and to keep up to date with Greyfriars Vineyard, visit their website here.
And I’m off for another walk. In the meantime please do keep supporting here https://greatwallcoppafeel.everydayhero.com/uk/lauren and help me reach my target of £3250. Forgo that morning latte or croissant, seriously no matter how small, you are doing an amazing thing, and helping the inspirational breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel! on their mission to get us educated, checking our breasts, and hopefully live in a world where breast cancer is diagnosed as early as possible, regardless of your age. It maybe too late for Kris, the co-founder of CoppaFeel! who was diagnosed at 23 with stage 4 breast cancer, after being turned away by her GP due to being ‘too young’ for breast cancer, but its not too late for the rest of us.
Thank you, I’m eternally grateful.
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