Gastro Touring

Gastro Touring

Vineyards to visit in Surrey and Berkshire

Greyfriars Vineyard (Surrey) Telephone:   +44 (0) 1483 813712  Email:   Producer profile from 11th Edition Michael and Hilary Wagstaff, who met at Oxford, took over this fine vineyard in 2010 known for the quality of its grapes since its inception in 1989. Mike, with a further Masters from Imperial in marine engineering was […]

Visit one of the UK’s oldest vineyards (Worcs) or sleep amongst the vines (Glos)

Astley Vineyards (Worcestershire) Telephone:  01299 822907 Email: Producer profile from 11th Edition – Updated  Once the most northerly vineyard in the world, Astley Vineyard was established in the Severn Valley 10 miles north of Worcester in 1971. The original founders, the Bache Family were visionaries, planting varieties such as Madeleine Angeline and Siegerrebe […]

Heading South West ? Visit a vineyard in Dorset, Devon and Cornwall

Langham Wine Estate (Dorset) Telephone:   +44(0)1258 839095 Email: Producer profile from the 11th edition – updated In the heart of Dorset, a jewel of Hardy Country, the Langham Estate sits next to the magnificent Bingham’s Melcombe manor house, Grade 1 listed, and little changed since the reign of Edward VI. The Langham vineyard […]

Visit and taste at some of the English wineries featured in our 11th Edition – HAMPSHIRE

As summer beckons do your thoughts turn to a long, languorous summer visiting beautiful vineyards; perhaps in France in or Italy; Champagne or Tuscany? In these uncertain times we hope to tempt you with wonderful opportunities closer to home. In our latest 11th edition of Wine behind the label we cover 25 English wine producers […]


AZERBAIJAN: THE LAND OF FIRE We chose Azerbaijan as a destination for a week’s holiday for no reason: pure curiosity – that it had hosted the Formula One, Saha Hadid had designed one of the most modern and psychedelic cultural museum in Baku, that it was or had been the centre meeting point for the […]

Fancy a wine and food destination that is different?

Virginia is, in essence, an exciting new kid on the block as far as being a wine and food destination. When I first visited a few years back I was more than pleasantly surprised by the quality produced in the burgeoning vineyards there and even the more established ones who certainly seemed to get the […]

Wine and Food at the Edinburgh Festival

My husband and I recently spent a week at the Edinburgh Festival, interweaving going to Monteverdi operas with having lunch at some celebrated restaurants. We booked two of them, both of which have Michelin stars, several weeks before driving up, and all three turned out to be part of one organization. On our first full […]

There’s more to Oporto (and the Douro) besides Port

BY NEVILLE BLECH Following on Gary’s blog on a weekend in Oporto, I spent a little time in the area myself, primarily to attend a wedding but also took the opportunity to look at the surroundings in more detail.   Oporto in July is busy with tourists – apart from the obvious wine and Port […]

A weekend in Oporto

A weekend in Oporto By Gary White The city of Porto (O Porto = the port) in north west Portugal is the country’s second city and famous for its historic connections with Britain and association with the port wine industry. The city is popular as a short-break destination for Brits, especially wine appreciators who like […]

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