Visit to Alder Vineyard, September 2016
22 members, partners and friends visited Alder Vineyard for a vineyard tour, wine tasting and cream tea on Sunday 18 September.
A group of 22 of us visited Alder Vineyard near Lewdown. Sarah Hodgetts and her son Tom, whose family own and run the vineyard welcomed us. Tom took us on a tour of the vineyard, explaining the grape varieties they grow and how they cultivate them. The grapes were nearly ripe, and Tom said that they expected to start the harvest within the next week or two.
The vineyard is in a stunning setting, on south-facing slopes with views over Dartmoor. Fortunately, the weather was kind, and we were able to enjoy the beauty of the vineyard and its setting.
After the tour, we returned to the shop, where we tasted the vineyard's two wines: a white wine made from the Madeleine Angevine grape, and a rose made from a (German?) variety called Rondo. The wines were universally enjoyed, with the rose proving particularly popular!
Sarah then served us tea (Plymouth tea) and coffee, and an array of scones with home-made jam and cream (in the Cornish configuration), and cakes.