Wine Safari

My very thoughtful wife recently booked me on a Wine Safari from Darts Farm as a treat. I knew the various safaris Darts put on had a great reputation so I was really looking forward to this. The Safari was to Pebblebed Vineyards a miles walk down Devons country lanes from Darts.

We were given a refreshing glass of Elderflower Fizz on arrival, and then from this point on the drinks flowed. We walked up to the vines and the instantly recognizable Pebblebed van, and were handed a glass of the sparkling rose, which was outstanding.

The host for the day Geoff Bowen introduced himself, and it was very interesting to hear he was a fellow geologist. we received a very informative explanation of how they grow the grapes and produce the wine using grapes that do best in the South West, Seyval Blanc, Rondo, Madeline Angevine and Pinot Noir.

The vines are beautiful, and it is great to see them flourishing in the rolling Devon hills. Though some of the difficulties with this very wet summer were discussed, but it’s great to hear how flexible they are in making their wines with the best crop they have.

We wandered back to the new winery which had a beautifully laid out long table in the middle, and we worked our way through a glass of Sparkling 2009, White  2011, Rose 2010 and finally the Red 2011, which for me was a particular favourite, as it reminded me of the Pinot Noirs I tasted when I was out in New Zealands South Island for my honeymoon.

There was a sumptuous spread of westcountry food put on by Darts Farm which went well with the wines, and we were further entertained with some fascinating stories from Geoff.

All in all a great value for £25, entertaining, informative, fun and most of all celebrating the wonderful produce of Devon.

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  1. That sounds like a great day out. I think vineyards look particularly beautiful at this time of year as the leaves change colour.

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