Capel Manor-backed community vineyard launches a London first

Greater London's only commercial vineyard has launched the capital's first sparkling wine in time for Christmas.

A Forty Hall vineyard volunteer - image: Capel Manor College
A Forty Hall vineyard volunteer - image: Capel Manor College
Forty Hall Vineyard London Sparkling Brut 2013 has been produced from grapes grown organically at Forty Hall Farm's community-run vineyard in the borough of Enfield.

The social enterprise is subsidiary of Capel Manor College, which has provided the four hectares of south-facing land and other resources at its Forty Hall Farm near the college grounds.

The wine is made by multi award-winning English wine maker Will Davenport, from the three classic Champagne varieties of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes.

The limited stocks will only be made available under a sponsorship deal concluded in September. The vineyard is currently looking to arrange a similar deal for the 2014 vintage, expected late next year.

The college has described this year#s harvest from the maturing vines as "excellent and high-yielding", and expects to begin selling a still white "from the cellar door" next year via a new farm shop.

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