Kerry Vale Vineyard
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- Year Established: 2010
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About our winery:
Kerry Vale Vineyard is a small, family run, English vineyard situated on the Welsh / English border of rural Shropshire. Planted in 2010 and covering six acres of farmland, on what was the Roman Fort of Pentrheyling, the vineyard resides at the eastern tip of the Vale of Kerry - an area of exceptional beauty , just 3 miles south of the charming town of Montgomery.
Three things to love about us:
quality, utilising time honoured viticulture practices in the vineyard to produce the best possible fruit. We have selected disease-resistant varieties which allow us to keep spraying to a minimum. We also pay a great deal of attention to canopy management, maximising air flow through the canopy and sun and light exposure to suit the season. All of our wines are made at the award-winning Halfpenny Green Vineyard and are suitable for vegetarians.
What makes us unique:
Pentreheyling Roman Fort
The land on which Kerry Vale Vineyard sits is of great archaeological interest. It was once part of the ancient Roman site of Pentreheyling Fort, a vicus (a provincial civilian settlement) and is on the edge of a number of Roman marching camps.
As well as our Roman history, two decades of archaeological research show the site was once occupied by Bronze Age funerary monuments, a druid road, and a medieval settlement! With Offa’s Dyke just a field away.
The Roman fort, settlement, and marching camps were first discovered by aerial photography in 1969 and 1973. Subsequent excavations have uncovered a quantity of Roman pottery – including a large amphora handle, glass, and metalwork, including coins, and metalworking residue comprising iron smithing debris and litharge cakes (a by-product of extracting silver from argentiferous lead only known at a very few Roman sites in Britain).
[Bayley and Eckstein, 1998].
Our most recent and prestigious awards:
International Wine Challenge (IWC) 2015
Shropshire Lady/Solaris (2014) - Silver
Summer Days (2014) - Commended
English & Welsh Wine of the Year 2015
Shropshire Lady (2014) - Silver
Summer Days (2014) - Bronze
Seren Star (2014) – Bronze
Welsh Vineyard Association Competition 2015
Red Denarii (2013) - Bronze
Great Taste Awards 2015
Shropshire Lady /Solaris (2014)
Summer Days (2014)
English & Welsh Wine of the Year 2014
Shropshire Lady (2013) - Silver
Summer Days (2013) - Bronze
The Rare Hare (2013) - Bronze
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