Thursday, 13 October 2011

Wine of the week - BACCHUS from Tintern's Parva Farm (Wales)

- What is it?
Aromatic white wine made of Bacchus grapes from the village of Tintern in South Wales.

- What to expect
Light in colour, this dry/off-dry wine, unlike most English/Welsh wines, has got a nice aromatic nose of Elderflower and a good balance between acidity and sweetness.
Although not very complex, it makes a nice light white wine for aperitif.

- Have it:
For aperitifs with some home-cut celery sticks and houmous.

- Where to find it:
At the Farm for about £8.50 a bottle.
-  Did you know?
Bacchus is a cross between Riesling, Sylvaner and Muller Thurgau and, yes, these all come from Germany.
Bacchus is usually the most planted in UK vineyards as it ripens early and can still express nice and flavoursome aromas.
The Parva Farm’s first vines date back from 1979 and the current owners (Judith & Colin) have done a lot to revamp the little domain since 1996. It now produces around 4 to 7,000 bottles of wine/year. 
An ‘English/Welsh wine’ is a wine made of Grapes grown in England or Wales.
A ‘British wine’ can be made of grapes from anywhere in the world.
Bees have been a major threat for the grapes in the ripening season @ Parva Farm.

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