A leading light

The proverb ‘great oaks from little acorns grow’ is fitting for the short but spectacular story of Llanerch vineyard’s success.  At just 24 years old Ryan Davies bought one of the oldest vineyards in Wales with the vision of creating a tourism-driven vineyard business inspired by those he had seen on his antipodean travels. Vineyard discovers how, in Just 10 years, Llanerch has become an international visitor destination with award-winning restaurant, hotel, wedding and conference facilities – and is also leading the way with new viticulture technology.

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In conversation… with Jamie Avenell

Bibendum is one of the UK’s most successful drinks businesses and Senior Wine Buyer for Bibendum Jamie Avenell is responsible for the overall portfolio of wines from around the world to its diverse multi-channel customer base. Bibendum’s English range has seen a strong double-digit growth for a number of years, for both still and sparkling, and is looking good for continued growth into the future.

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Winners announced

The WineGB Awards, the national competition for the English and Welsh wine industry, is organised and run by WineGB and highlights the winning styles of today. Awarded by top judges led by Susie Barrie MW and Oz Clarke OBE, the competition judging took place between 7-10 June at Ashling Park Estate who kindly provided the venue. 

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Curious Quercus

Barrels in the distant past were typically used to store and transport goods, including wine and although we have more convenient means of storing wine, oak barrels are still a feature in many wineries. A well-lit cellar stacked with barrels certainly adds to the romance of wine, but Vineyard finds out how oak barrels influence the sensory profile, the wine quality and if they can be replaced by staves, chips or other oak alternatives.

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