First vines planted for England's boldest venture
27 Mar 2012 by Richard Hemming
Yesterday saw a posse of national and international media teams assembled to witness the first vines being planted (see the action for yourself here ) in a new Sussex vineyard called Rathfinny, heralded a year ago in How good is English fizz? . It is one of many such enterprises in southern England driven by a belief in the potential for English wine. It is the scale of Rathfinny that merits mention: this will be one of England's largest and most ambitious vineyards, with 400 acres earmarked for planting between now and 2020. The majority of the vines will be Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier (in that order) but...

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