Vineyard farm wins top business prize

The Co-operative's Down Ampney farm, which sports 6,240 newly-planted vines, has won the company's Business of the Year 2010 award.

The vineyard was planted last May with the aim of producing a white wine suitable for sale in Co-operative stores. It was one of several innovations that led to the Gloucestershire farm winning the title.

Other innovations included the introduction of a new environmental features to meet Entry Level Stewardship standards, such as pollen and nectar mixes, wild bird seed mixes and field corner management.

Farm manager James Taylor said: "We have put a lot of hard work into nurturing the vineyard and ensuring that the environmental work is making a difference to protected species. It is a real boost to everyone working on the farm to have our hard work recognised in this way."


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