Celebration of a very English affair

18 April, 2008

Surrey-based Denbies Wine Estate is celebrating English Wine Week with a host of quintessentially English activities.

Running from May 24 to June 1, the week will kick off with a lecture by geologist Professor Richard Selley on the impact of global warming on British viticulture.

Taking place in the newly renovated Cloisters Pavilion will be an afternoon tea dance, a flower arrangement demonstration and a Celebration of Surrey dinner, featuring the best of the region's local produce.

Wine enthusiasts can take a Walk on the Wine Side, which will include a ramble around the vineyard, tasting and lunch, while local cheesemaker Michaela Edge will host a wine and cheesemaking experience during which visitors can help make Norbury Blue, Surrey's only handmade cheese.

Denbies' winemaker Marcus Sharp will explain the technicalities of winemaking and blending and will help visitors blend their own wine.

All events can be booked in advance. For more information and prices ring 01306 742002 or email Kwalsh@denbiesvineyard.co.uk.

English Wine Week is a countrywide campaign when vineyards across the country open their gates to the public.




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