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Jul 26, 2013 06:38 AM

London's first boutique winery to open in November

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  1. You have to ask why. Certainly possible to transport the fruit chilled or transport chilled juice but it seems odd to do so, it's not as though London is a hotbed of wine making activity or English vineyards don't exist or are far away.

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    1. re: PhilD

      Oh, I suspect someone senses that good profit can be made from the cachet of wine made in London.

      Seeing as they intend to import French grapes, can this legitimately be marketed as English wine? And, if so, I wonder how the approx. 400 genuine English producers view it - perhaps, say, Denbies at Dorking - England's largest vineyard and only 20 miles from London?

      1. re: Harters

        Both you and PhilD are right.
        However we've had London wine for some time in South London with Chateau Tooting.
        Ok it's not made in London (it's made in a vineyard in West Sussex ) but at least the grapes are grown in peoples gardens in London and has more of a claim to be London wine than this new place.

        1. re: Paprikaboy

          Oh, doesnt that just sound a brill idea. Presumably it works as something of a co-operative where folk can grow the grapes and then have them processed into wine.

          My brother in law is Mallorcan and comes from an olive growing part of the island. There's a co-op there where folk could weigh in their olives which is then turned into oil to be sold under a "made locally" label.

        2. re: Harters

          John, as you know we live only 5 minutes from Denbies. If I get over there anytime soon, I'll ask their opinion about this (what I think is) faux vin. I really don't think they can call it 'English,' if the grapes are grown elsewhere, but I'm not an expert on British laws,