Northants cu­vée

Decanter - - LETTERS -

In Her ar­ti­cle on the wine legacy of an­cient rome (Au­gust 2018), nina Ca­plan says she can find no ev­i­dence of the ro­mans mak­ing wine in eng­land. In the 1990s, northamp­ton­shire ar­chae­ol­ogy’s se­nior project of­fi­cer Ian mead­ows and Tony Brown of ex­eter univer­sity un­earthed ev­i­dence of seven ro­mano-Bri­tish vine­yards – four in northamp­ton­shire and one each in Cam­bridgeshire, lin­colnshire and Buck­ing­hamshire. They con­cluded that the main area of ac­tiv­ity was in the nene Val­ley in northants, near Wol­las­ton, where they found ev­i­dence of a vine­yard in ex­cess of 12ha – com­mer­cially sized by any stan­dards. While there may be scant ev­i­dence of viti­cul­tural tools, wine presses and am­phorae, what else could the ro­mans do with a huge har­vest of (no doubt) barely ripe grapes, but vinify, sweeten and drink it? sadly, the vine­yard is now sub­merged be­neath a gravel pit. John But­ter­wick, by email

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