Historic English wine estate makes London show debut today

 Surrey estate Denbies celebrates 30 years since planting its first vines this year by making its London Wine Fair debut. It has also updated the film shown at its visitor centre.

Surrey estate Denbies celebrates 30 years since planting its first vines this year by making its London Wine Fair debut. It has also updated the film shown at its visitor centre.

England’s pioneering wine estate, Denbies, is marking its 30th anniversary in the wine industry with its first appearance at the London Wine Fair, which starts at Kensington Olympia today (May 3, 2016).
The Surrey wine estate will be serving its wines at the English Wine Producers stand (T34). These wines include a Pinot Gris that has been fermented and aged in French oak barrels, a red wine made from the unusual combination of Pinot Noir, Rondo and Dunkelfelder grapes, and a dessert wine made from botrytised Ortega grapes.
Most of the other English wine producers at the fair - such as Chapel Down, Hush Heath, Hattingley Valley, Exton Park and Coates & Seely - will be focusing on sparkling wines. Denbies also has some sparkling wines made from its “very best” Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes. At Olympia it will be pouring the Cubitt Reserve 2010, named after Thomas Cubitt, the master builder who bought the estate in 1850.
The story behind the estate’s rise and fall and re-emergence as England’s largest single vineyard are told in the recently-updated film shown in the winery’s visitor centre. This film, which uses drone footage, shows ‘The Vineyard Through The Seasons’ and replaces the 360-degree film which had a voiceover by the late ‘Good Life’ actor Richard Briers.
The film features interviews with consultant vineyard manager Duncan McNeill and Christopher White, Denbies' CEO, who has been in charge for 15 years and has lived on the estate with his family since they took it over in 1984. Under his leadership, Denbies has made huge investments in the winery and in the vineyard.
In a statement, he said: “Denbies will be exhibiting at the LWF for the very first time this year and we are excited to be presenting our range of wines to visitors, including recent releases such as our 2014 Pinot Gris, 2010 Cubitt Reserve and Ortega Noble Harvest 2014. This year marks Denbies' 30th anniversary and we are delighted to showcase our sparkling and still wine portfolios at the fair, as part of the English Wine Producers stand. The English wine industry has come a long way over the past three decades and we are confident about the future of English wine both at home and abroad.”
The 2016 London Wine Fair takes place May 3 to 5 May at Kensington Olympia in London.