“Outstanding”: Community vineyard wins critical acclaim for unique London sparkling wine

Forty Hall Vineyard’s 2015 Vintage London Sparkling Brut, a unique sparkling wine made from organic grapes grown by volunteers in north London, has won critical acclaim from the Jancis Robinson website jancisrobinson.com.

Forty Hall Vineyard (FHV), a community-run organic vineyard and London’s only commercial scale vineyard, released its 2015 Vintage London Sparkling Brut for public sale for the first time in the autumn last year. Already very well received by critics and a Silver Medal Winner in the 2018 Independent English Wine Awards, FHV’s London Sparkling Brut is described as “outstanding” and “worthy of a place among the best sparkling wines of the UK” by Tamlyn Currin, one of the Jancis Robinson team of leading wine critics – an amazing achievement for the first sparkling wine release from a tiny, community vineyard.

London Sparkling Brut is made in the traditional champagne method from a classic blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes. The wine, which is Soil Association certified organic, is made by multi-award winning wine-maker Will Davenport, who is also profiled on http://www.jancisrobinson.com as part of their current feature on organic English wines.

As well as producing quality English wines, Forty Hall Vineyard is a social enterprise which supports the health and wellbeing of local people by engaging them in active, outdoor volunteering and ecotherapy* – a chance to work with nature, socialise with others and benefit from fresh air and physical exercise in a beautiful setting.

Forty Hall Vineyard is partnered with Capel Manor College, which has supported the project from its inception. Capel Manor College also provides the land for the vineyard at Forty Hall Farm in Enfield, which it manages.

 

* ABOUT ECOTHERAPY: The term ecotherapy is now commonly used to describe programmes that connect people with nature in a way that is beneficial to their mental and physical wellbeing (for more information on ecotherapy see mind.org.uk). FHV offers volunteering opportunities for people to work with others on a meaningful activity in the outdoors. This kind of work has been shown to impact very positively on people’s sense of wellbeing and happiness and to strengthen local communities. Volunteers consistently report feeling more positive, physically fitter, more self-confident and more socially connected as a result of volunteering at the vineyard.

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