Mini vineyards offering chance to make own wines

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Small plots on a vineyard are to be sold individually for people to make their own wines.

The land, owned by Abbey Vineyard Group, overlook Rutland Water and is part of the main 15-acre Lyndon Top vineyard, in Hambleton.

This year its Bacchus and Reichensteiner grape vines and cider apple trees produced their first crop.

The group, which has other vineyards in Rutland, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire, has already sold a number of freehold plots on the site to individual buyers for planting small vineyards with the aim of encouraging a Garagiste style movement.

Garagiste is French for garage mechanic or garage owner and describe people who produce small quantities of wines in garages or sheds or other non-cellar places.

The group has already formed a co-operative to help the owners of the individual plots to maximise efficiency by working together.

Proprietor Phil Kerry said: “We have 40,000 vines planted and currently send our fruit to Suffolk to make our fine English wines. What we really want to do is open our own wineries and we have plans for two, one at our Rutland vineyard and the other at Granby vineyard in Nottinghamshire.”

The Abbey Vineyard Group will be releasing more plots in the spring.

The sale will be handled by Langleys Solicitors. Visit