Discover the art of English Wine Making….

It’s that time of year again when the vineyard is breaking into bud and leaf and only looks better as the summer rolls on.
The evenings grow lighter, warmer and the winery and orchard down to the river creates a beautiful, rural setting for an afternoon or evening event. Topped off with a glass of award winning English wine for you and friends, what could be better?…….so come along and visit us soon!

We are delighted to offer group tours of Melbury Vale Vineyard & Winery, located in the beautiful north Dorset countryside.

Your tour, hosted by our master wine maker includes tastings of our range of award winning English wines and liqueurs.

We welcome groups from 8 to 30 people at a cost of £8.00 per person and are happy to organise food for you by separate arrangement if required.

To discover why English wines are so special, please allow up to 2 hours for your visit.

Contact us for further details, to book your tour or to hire our winery for your private party.

Email us at: info@mvwinery.co.uk
Tel: 01747 854206

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2015 Vintage First Release – ‘Precocity’ our latest addition of red wine to the range

Precocity is made fresh from the latest harvest of 2015 Triomphe D’Alsace grapes. This juicy, youthful wine is intended to be drunk in its first year to appreciate its mouth-watering berry fruit flavours.

The vintner only made a small supply from the best quality black grapes from this vintage, and at £10.00 a bottle it is already flying out of the winery door – so don’t wait too long to try it!

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Turnbulls Deli Shaftesbury – Now Stocking Melbury Vale Dusk

Following a successful and fun evening cheese tasting with our wines, Turnbulls are the latest local retail outlet to now be stocking Melbury Vale products.

Pop in and try  a bottle of our Melbury Vale ‘Dusk’ Fusion, a luscious blend of English wine, English wine brandy with cherry, fig and almond aromas and flavours – perfect for after dinner with cheese, the truffle pecorino at Turnbulls was a truly delicious match!

As for the Dusk fusion….well our customers think it smells and tastes of Christmas, so pop in and get some soon!

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Another Award Winning Wine at Melbury Vale! Elegance 2014 -Our first 2014 vintage wine release has won an award on its first outing to the Masters of Wine in an English wine blind tasting!

We were delighted with our latest 2014 vintage, still white wine, Elegance, made from the Bacchus grape variety, produced at Melbury Vale. It has only been on sale for the past few months and has been exceptionally well received by our customers.

One new customer to Melbury Vale in October enjoyed Elegance 2014 so much at a visit to the winery, that she purchased some to run her own blind tasting with a group of friends with discerning palates!  Elegance 2014 was up against an Italian Pinot Grigio and a French Sancerre 2014.

And the result was – “You will be delighted to hear that Elegance 2014 won the blind tasting. Everyone agreed Elegance had a much richer flavour and blend of aromas, it was a big hit! So congratulations!”

Elegance 2014 entered its first English wine competition with around 40 other wines in November.  In a blind tasting by Masters of Wine it achieved individual judges marks equating to gold and silver medals.

Tasting notes from the judges included ………a very good, floral and elderflower nose……with lots of citrus, pear and honey flavours……. and…….. a very ‘consumer friendly’ bottle of wine!

All of us at Melbury Vale are delighted and hope that this is the first award of many for our 2014 wines. More are due to be released in the near future.
Come and try some for yourself at our winery, or in Shaftesbury and Tisbury at various events in December.

Merry Christmas from Melbury Vale!

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Melbury Vale Harvest 2015 is nearly at an end and just in the nick of time!

Melbury Vale’s happy grape harvesters picked the last large crop on Monday and worked their socks off – just before the weather turned into winter on Tuesday!

Harvest Jays 2015

This year we welcomed pickers visiting us from Malaysia, Japan and Australia – others included our customers, friends and family all much closer to home. The harvest season has finished particularly late due to little sunshine at the right time over the summer with cold nights in recent weeks, (but look at the amazing autumn colours in the vineyard!)

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So, it has been a race to get the grapes ripe and harvested in time, but thanks to our supportive pickers… we made it …. Phewww!  Now over to Joseph the chief wine-maker to work some magic…..

If you would like to join in the fun next year, send us an email to info@mvwinery.co.uk with your contact details entitled ‘ I want to pick grapes’ and you will be added to our database. Next year you will receive an email calling for assistance, if you are free.

 

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Melbury Vale Harvest 2015 Commences!

Despite the bad weather in recent weeks, we commenced the grape harvest with friends at Melbury Vale Vineyard on Saturday; and enjoyed a hard earned glass of the previous vintage at the end of the day,
in the sunset outside the winery!

Tired but happy grape harvesters!
Tired but happy grape harvesters at MV Winery

For volunteer harvesters, more picking days to come….. but not until the end of Oct!

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WWOOF UK At Melbury Vale Vineyard

Melbury Vale are proud to be associated with WWOOF uk,  (Worldwide Workers On Organic Farms),  as we become a host and join this amazing organisation that encourages volunteers to learn new skills in organic, or low impact, farming and lifestyles; this is usually in return for food and/or accommodation.

It’s been going since 1971 and has become a vast worldwide organisation, with thousands of people taking the opportunity to travel, meet new friends, learn farming and horticultural skills, learn and improve language skills and benefit from understanding different farm systems and cultures all over the world. If you are interested in being a WWOOFer or a host see www.wwoof.org.uk for more info.

 

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