Babu’s Vine­yard is part of a bur­geon­ing wine in­dus­try in Nor­folk. Cli­mate and crafts­man­ship are help­ing make the county a wine-mak­ing hot-spot. Al­though the Ro­mans grew grapes in Bri­tain it is only re­cently that wine has flowed from Nor­folk vine­yards. In­de­pen­dent wine mer­chant Tanja Wright, of TFW Fine Wines, based near Cromer, said: “Nor­folk wines are in­cred­i­bly good. We have the cli­mate for it and we pro­duce qual­ity wine, prop­erly made. We are very good at sparkling wine but also our still wines are get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter each year. They hold their own against wines from around the world.”

The vine­yards putting Nor­folk wine on the map in­clude:

Win­birri Vin­yard in Surling­ham has won nu­mer­ous wine awards, with its Win­birri Bachus last year named the world’s top white wine made from a sin­gle grape va­ri­ety, plus many more na­tional gold medals for its wines. The vine­yard has more than 50,000 vines across 34 acres. win­birri.com

Flint Vine­yard near Bun­gay was planted in 2016, so the first grapes will be ready for the Flint win­ery next au­tumn. An im­pres­sive pur­pose­built win­ery is al­ready op­er­at­ing, turn­ing grapes grown nearby into some fine wines. This year Ben and Han­nah Witchell launched their 15-mile lunch, sourc­ing cheese, char­cu­terie, bread and wine from within 15 miles. flintvine­yard.com

Chet and Waveney Val­ley Vine­yard in Bergh Ap­ton is based on a tra­di­tional fam­ily farm and pro­duces sparkling, white and rosé wines, with a world bronze award for a white wine this year, plus an award for the best sparkling wine in East Anglia.

Hum­b­le­yard Vine­yard in Mul­bar­ton has eight acres of vines pro­duc­ing white, rose and sparkling wines. The first vines were planted in 2010 on the site of an or­chard. It is open to the pub­lic Mon­day to Sat­ur­day, 10am5pm.

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