Episode 9 – Southlands Valley Vinyeards

Episode 9 – Southlands Valley Vinyeards


Following her dream of owning her own vineyard, Sarah Lavery is in charge of Southlands valley vineyards, a 2 hectare plot of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Maunier in the picturesque village of West Chiltington, in West Sussex.

From 2016, her wine maker is Dermot Sugrue and vinification is exclusively single vineyard.

Episode 8 – Jenkyn Place Vineyards


Listen to my chat with Simon Bladon, the owner of Jenkyn Place Vineyards in Hampshire, telling his story of buying a hop farm and having the foresight to plant a vineyard consisting of the three classic Champagne varieties, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Maunier.

Simon is now producing world class sparkling wines from that classic blend, as well as a superb Blanc de Blanc 2015 (100% Chardonnay)

Episode 7 – Dermot Sugrue


Listen to my Chat with Dermot, telling me what inspired him to explore wine aged 15. His wine journey that led him from Ireland to East Anglia, through Bordeaux to Champagne and to West Sussex. How good is English Sparkling Wine and what the future might hold. It was a fascinating and full of good humour chat. Enjoy!

A visit to Venetsanos-Santorini

I visited Venetsanos winery in May 2019, as a guest of the General Manager, Petros Vamvakousis.

Venetsanos has a very interesting story, as winery built by the Venetsanos brothers in 1947, it was, at the time a very innovative winery. Santorini back then had no electricity, so the idea of placing a winery high up on the cliffs above the port, was to vinify the wine then pipe it down to the port, using gravity, in order for it to be shipped to the mainland.

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Santorini 2019

Santorini is a stunning island. It is obviously different to most other Greek islands because of its huge caldera and the two, very photogenic islands in the middle of that caldera. Paleo Kameni and Nea Kameni (the burnt islands). As well as the sister island of Thirasia.

The cliffs facing the caldera are the real reason people flock here to see the villages clinging the volcanic rockface in a tapestry of white and blue that is uniquely beautiful. The houses are dug into the mountainside creating spaces and alleyways that are begging to be explored.

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