The Urban Wine Company – calling budding London & Home Counties vignerons!
I received a press release on Friday about The Urban Wine Company, which was set up in 2006 by Richard Sharp. It makes wine from grapes grown in gardens across London and the Home Counties and, in 2010, a harvest of over 1.5 tonnes of grapes gave birth to the 4th vintage of Chateau Tooting!
The company is on a mission to plant vines across London and the Home Counties so, if you fancy having a crack a growing grapes for wine, you can join The Urban Wine Company for £65. Budding vignerons receive a Solaris (white grape) or Rondo (red grape) and join a growing community of wine lovers/grape growers.
Vine care, support and invitations to social events are included in the membership; the only requirement is a sunny garden, balcony or allotment. Within 2-3 years, the vine will be producing grapes for the harvest and, once you’re contributing grapes, you receive a share of the very limited-edition wine, which is made at Bookers vineyard in Bolney, West Sussex.
If you already have a mature vine, you can take your grapes to the South London collection point in October and hey presto, you could be sipping your own wine in the spring. Regrettably, my vine is not vitus vinifera so I don’t think they’d be interested – not even the birds are that interested!
You can find out more about The Urban Wine Company here.