Last week, we had the pleasure of visiting Aldwick Estate, located a stones throw from Bristol Airport, where Sandy Luck and her dedicated team have been producing award winning wines since 2013. Rain and wind were no-where to be seen as the sun shone across bright blue skies and the temperature soared. Comments of ‘we could be in the South of France!’ could be heard across rows of Regent, Madeleine Angevine, Seyval and Bacchus grapes all bulging from their vines, enjoying some last minute pre-harvest sun.
After hearing about the history of Aldwick from Sandy, where her family have been farming for 5 generations, she accompanied us on a tour of the vineyards which enjoy far stretching views across 11 acres of vines and the Somerset countryside beyond. Aldwick only use grapes from their own vineyards, which ensures they have 100% control over the whole winemaking process; from planting the vines to bottling their wines.
Our walk in the vineyards was followed by a delicious lunch of locally sourced meats and cheeses and of course a few glasses of Aldwick’s finest! Our pick of the bunch was the Bacchus, showing subtle gooseberry and passion fruit with soft floral hints and the Jubilate Brut where Seyval Blanc and Madeleine Angevine take centre stage and show off hints of ripe pears and elderflower. We have recently introduced these two wonderful English wines into our portfolio and can be purchased for your establishment by calling 0345 241 1122.
“I had a great opportunity to visit Aldwick Estate. We were able to walk around the vineyards with Sandy Luck, Managing Director and family member hearing first hand how the land has been developed, maintained and looked after to produce the grapes for their wines. It was also interesting to hear how the wildlife is managed on the estate and the badgers have not yet learned to jump electric fences! They love grapes!” – Kellie Davidson, Wine Development Manger for Bristol, Cheltenham and Gloucestershire.
With consumers looking ever closer to home for their produce, Aldwick’s wines really over deliver and we cannot recommend this hidden gem enough. Sandy has taken Aldwick from strength to strength and the love, care and attention that goes into every aspect of their winemaking is clearly evident. Her passion is infectious and alongside her close friend and Aldwick’s very own viticulturist Elizabeth – together what they don’t know about vines could be written on their back label!
Written by James Fineman, Wine Development Manager for the South Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Bath areas.