PUTTING NORFOLK WINE ON THE MAP
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.