Rose Sparkling Wine a First For Yorkshire (by

Posted: December 20, 2012 by wynmaker in Cellars, Europe, Farms, Sparkling, Vinification, Vintage, Wine, Winemaking, Wineries, World wine news
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Further advance in English winemaking.

The popular image of Yorkshire, the historic region in the north of England, was long set in stone. The Wars of the Roses, county cricket, Yorkshire pudding, Black Sheep beer and coal mining. But its reputation is due for an update. Yorkshire is slowly building a reputation for producing wine – a development made possible by both climate change and the development of increasingly hardy grape varieties.

The region’s longest-established vineyard, Leventhorpe, which is situated near Leeds, has just released its first-ever rosé sparkling wine. The launch has been timed to hit the Christmas and New Year market, but Leventhorpe owner and winemaker George Bowden says it’s also a celebration of the winery’s success.

Leventhorpe has just five acres (2ha) of vines, all located within the city boundaries of Leeds. Bowden and his wife, Janet, began planting vines here in 1985, when English wine was still regarded as an eccentricity, not to mention a joke. Twenty-seven years later, Leventhorpe’s wines have been singled out for praise by… read on


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