Winbirri’s Bacchus has put it on the international stage, with its 2015 vintage winning the Decanter’s Best Varietal White Wine in the World in 2017. 2019 was a vintage to rival this – a fabulous growing season had all the right conditions for producing top quality fruit – and the Winbirri team are rightfully proud of this wine. It has an elegant nose of grapefruits, passionfruits and floral characters backed with a clean crisp finish of incredible length. Winbirri Vineyards has 25 acres in Surlingham, an important Anglo-Saxon settlement on the edge of the Norfolk Broads National Park. The name Winbirri comes from the Anglo-Saxon “win” (wine) and “birri” (grape). It was established in 2007 by experienced fruit farmer, Stephen Dyer, who supplies major retailers. He spotted an opportunity and planted around 2½ acres with vines. Stephen’s son, Lee, took over at the age of 32 in 2010 when the first commercial plantings took place. All sites have been carefully selected so that they are not in frost pockets and each site has a lower-lying field for the frost to run off to. The soils are very light, sandy loams with clay about 6ft down. There is a high flint content and all pruning is carried out by hand.
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