At the weekend Christine, I and a couple of friends visited Leventhorpe Vineyard near Leeds. It’s one of only a few in the UK, and one of the most northerly vineyards in Europe. It’s around 5 acres, so while it’s large enough to produce a reasonably big quantity of wine each year it’s not as large as some vineyards elsewhere.
5 wines are produced at present – 3 white, a red and a sparkling, and these can all be bought from the vineyard itself which is open for visitors at certain times (it’s worth phoning if you’re travelling a distance to get there). It’s around 10 minutes walk from Woodlesford station if you prefer public transport.
Alternatively, you can buy the wine from a number of independent merchants and farm shops, including the excellent Keelham Farm Shop near Queensbury, and some pubs like the Jubilee Refreshment Rooms in Sowerby Bridge.
We tried two of the whites – a Seyval and Madeleine Angevine. The former is quite dry but the latter is quite a sweet wine, and both were good on the whole. At around £8-10 they’re somewhat more expensive than some of the big brand new world wines, but certainly worth trying.