We spend loads of time talking about great wine from around the World, Australian Chardonnay, Italian Pinot Grigio, English Bacchus from Norfolk etc…. Sorry did someone mention English wine from Norfolk in the same sentence as great wine? Well yes I did. English Wine has been making a great reputation for itself over the last few years and every year it seems to get better.
Winbirri Vineyards in Surlingham, Norfolk are at the forefront of this revolution. About 5 miles from Norwich Winbirri is a lot further North than the more famous Kentish and Sussex producers but Lee Dyer has been producing some fantastic wines and picking up loads of awards for the last few years.
Over the last couple of months the Winbirri Bacchus was awarded the ‘wine of the year’ award at the 2016 English and Welsh Wine Awards. This is a very keenly contested Awards ceremony. This was then followed up with the ‘Best Norfolk Producer’ at the Norfolk Food and Drink Awards, despite being more regional it is a very hotly contested award in a very rural community!
Winbirri is a truly family business. Lee’s father, Steve planted a few vines just to ‘see what they would do’. This became an established vineyard in 2007 and is now covering 25 acres, producing around 80,000 bottles per year.
The wines that are produced by Winbirri are:
Winbirri Bacchus, clearly the star of the show having won gold medals for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 vintages. It has also been voted in the top 20 Bacchus in this time, bearing in mind that almost every vineyard in England grows the Bacchus Grape but its shining glory is as ‘Wine of the Year’ at the English and Welsh Wine Awards in 2016. https://www.warlinghamwines.com/shop/winbirri-bacchus
Winbirri Vintage Reserve, What a great Sparkling wine this is, made from the traditional Champagne blend and using the same methods, this produces a great sparkling wine. Full of flavour and loads of little bubbles streaming up the glass, a sure sign of quality. https://www.warlinghamwines.com/shop/winbirri-vintage-reserve
Winbirri Pinot Noir is by far and away the most popular red wine made by Winbirri. Maybe as it is a known grape but do not be lulled into a false sense of security. This is a much more robust wine in weight and character than you may be expecting. www.warlinghamwines.com/shop/winbirri-pinot-noir
A fantastic offer, to introduce you to these wonderful wines we have put a case together for you to enjoy, and to make it sweeter we will deliver it free! https://www.warlinghamwines.com/shop/winbirri-award-winning-english-case