Drink producers: Bardfield Vineyard, Great Bardfield
PUBLISHED: 11:47 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:47 20 February 2013
THE Grade II listed Great Lodge was built in the 16th century and was once in the ownership of Anne of Cleves. She was one of the more pragmatic wives of Henry VIII who wisely divorced him amicably...
THE Grade II listed Great Lodge was built in the 16th century and was once in the ownership of Anne of Cleves. She was one of the more pragmatic wives of Henry VIII who wisely divorced him amicably and her reward was several English properties including the Great Lodge at Great Bardfield.
A hectare of the 1,000-acre estate is a vineyard nestled on the eastern side of the Grade I listed Anne of Cleves barn. It's surrounded by farmed fields and ancient woodland where fallow deer roam.
The vineyard was planted in 1990 by Alan Jordan, owner of the Great Lodge, on a south facing slope. The soil and climate are similar to the Alsace region of France and therefore Alan planted varieties of Bacchus and Reichensteiner grape to produce wonderfully fruity, aromatic wines of a high quality.
The soil and climate at Great Lodge are
similar to the Alsace region of France
The vines are pruned each year between late November and March during the chilliest months after there's been a really sharp frost. 'Pruning is one of the most important and most neglected practises in the planting of grapes,' Alan explains.
Regular purposeful pruning controls the number, the position and the vigour of the fruiting canes and ultimately affects the yield and quality of the fruit. Harvesting takes place in September by hand and then the fruit is fermented to produce a soft, clean fruity taste. In just eight years Alan has earned the East Anglian Wine of the Year award with his Bardfield Dry 1996 Vintage.
If you're interested in seeing The Great Lodge at Bardfield and the vineyard, tours are available between Easter and September which include wine tastings. To ensure the warmest of welcomes, it's
advisable to book in advance.
A taste of Great Lodge
Bardfield Anne of Cleves
A very drinkable wine, great for a social summer luncheon, just add a fresh seafood salad and enjoy
Bardfield Sparkling Extra Brut
Traditionally fermented in the bottle to give a quality sparkling wine with an exceptionally elegant aroma
The vineyard's most popular wine. One sip and you'll visualise fresh ripe fruits and summer blossom. This medium dry wine is great with pasta, poultry or a fish pie
Braintree CM7 4QD
3 to TrY
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