THREE CHOIRS VINEYARD
At Three Choirs Vineyard in Newent, the sparkling Classic Cuvée is a big seller, but the vineyard also produces a number of still white, rosé and red wines that are equally worth a taste. The story started back in the seventies, when local wine retailer, Alan McKechnie, started harvesting vines on his small fruit farm. Spurred on by the hot summer of 1976 and a bumper harvest, the farm continued to expand. In the ’80s, new owner John Oldacre grew the business, expanding it from a fifth of a hectare to its current size of 30 hectares.
Three Choirs has gone on to produce award-winning wines and became the first English vineyard to be awarded a Gold medal at the Vinexpo in Bordeaux, France. The vineyard successfully grows modern grape varieties alongside world-renowned varieties such as Pinot Noir and Bacchus and has adopted cultivation methods from the world’s most modern winemakers to produce its range of fine wines.