Ovens Farm Vineyard
Ovens Farm Vineyard at Harrington near Louth is a beautiful vineyard in the Lincolnshire Wolds.
The vines grow in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on a south-facing slope, protected from cold northerlies by a ridgeline and bank of trees (Ovens Plantation). This natural geography creates a microclimate that benefits the vines. Founder Simon White says: “Locals say that Ovens Farm is so-called due to its tendency to be just a little warmer than the surrounding area.”
The vineyard’s soils vary, with sandy loams at the top running into heavier clay soils at the bottom of the hill. Sub soils include chalk, limestone and ironstone. “Each brings something different to the wines we produce,” says Simon.
All wine is produced on-site, and there’s a small tasting room that can accommodate up to 12 people.
Ovens Farm Vineyard white wines include Bacchus (“aromatics of cut grass and lime blossom – perfect with goats’ cheese or feta”); and Solaris (“a fruit-forward rush of delicious, juicy, grapey character and citrus notes – ideal with spicy Thai dishes, prawns or lobster). Reds include Noir Precocé (“toasted oak on the nose, backed up with cherry and raspberry notes – great with grilled steak”); and Rondo (“ripe damson and blackberry fruit – excellent with deeply flavoured game”).
For details of tours and tastings, visit the Ovens Farm Vineyard website.
Recommended by Jane Tomlinson, founder, Redhill Farm Free Range Pork
Photos: Ovens Farm Vineyard
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