Albury Organic Vineyard is situated just behind Silent Pool Gin Distillery in Shere, Surrey. A gin that takes its name from the mythical, spring-fed pool from which it draws its water and one of the loveliest looking bottle designs I’ve yet to see! So when I saw they were now producing gin coups, I picked half a dozen up at our monthly Thames Ditton Farmers Market where they have a stall!
But I digress! It’s English Wine Week, so team Wayman and our visitors from Scotland decided to factor a little local tasting session into our weekend itinerary.
Albury Organic Vineyard produces wines from vines of traditional Champagne varietals – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, as well as some Seyval and Pinot Gris.
As the name suggests, the wine is produced from organic fruit without the use of chemicals and they even use compost teas, which they believe improves the biology of the soil and biodynamic preparations.
Royal Seal of Approval
The winery produced its first rosé in 2011, called Silent Pool, it is a still wine made exclusively from hand picked organic Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes and this was served on board the Royal barge to celebrate the diamond jubilee, so it’s good to know that Her Majesty is supporting the English Wine industry!
We tried three sparkling wines (a white classic cuvee and Blanc de Blanc, followed by this season’s Rosé) and a still Rosé. The tasting is £5 per person, redeemable off a purchase of a bottle of your choice. On a warm and sunny afternoon, the winery, with it’s dog/child friendly outside seating area, is the perfect setting for some quaffing. It’s good to also note that they are dog and child friendly – the seating area is fully enclosed with low tables, games for children and a water bowl for your pooch.
Looking around the wine shop you can see various gold awards from the UKVA Wine of the Year competition and some honey made from the tipsy bees, which have made their home in the vineyard!