There is an ancient tradition of
making wines from a wide variety of fruits, both wild and cultivated. The
history of such wines is unrecorded, but they must have originated as
fruit-flavoured versions of mead, (known as 'melomels'), since sugar was not
available until 200 years ago.
Fruit wines may be looked down
upon by serious wine connoisseurs, but to the wine-maker they can be just
as challenging and satisfying to make. The crucial secret, as with all
wine-making, lies in achieving the right 'balance' of acidity and sweetness, so
that the true flavour of the fruit comes through.
Our range of fruit wines depends
upon the particular fruits that we have already planted. Depending on
variations in crop-size, delays in fermentation and changes in consumer demand,
certain wines may become temporarily out of stock. The list on the Order
Form should reflect current availability. The list below describes the
full range of products:
Wine (Dry) Full-bodied and fruity - this wine holds
its own against any red grape wine..
Wine (Dry) Classic gooseberry
sharpness with nicely rounded fruit.
Wine (Dry) Fresh
and delicate, leafy tannins give it a characteristic edge.
Surprisingly fruity given that it is made from vine
- Apple Wine (Medium
Dry) Selected dessert
apples give this full-strength wine its particular smoothness and golden
- Red Gooseberry Wine (Medium
Sweet) The fruit is actually a hybrid between
gooseberry and worcesterberry which gives the wine a distinctive sweet
and sharp curranty flavour.
- Plum Wine (Medium
Sweet) A local variety of cherry plums gives
this wine a rich and spicy balance. A great party wine!
- Ginger Wine (Medium
Sweet) Based on the Folly wine, but totally
different. Sweet and spicy, with a lingering glow of an
- Raspberry Wine (Medium
Sweet) A deep red wine that captures the sweet/sharp
essence of our Autumn Bliss raspberries.
- Tayberry Wine (Medium
Sweet) Similar to its cousin, the raspberry, but the
flavour has a different dimension. A very popular wine.
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