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Where I stayed
Jelliffe Residence, Clapham
What I did
Denbies Winery, Surrey
The winery tour started with an audio visual presentation explaining how the geology of the area was similar to that of the Champagne district in France and therefore one of the main wines produced at the winery was a sparkling wine. We then boarded a very robust wooden people mover that was on a track and moved about 100 metres through the winery seeing where the casks were stored and bottling occurred
It is pretty clear that the site is barely warm enough for most grape varieties that we are familar with. Apart from Riesling Pinot Gris Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, they were basically growing lots of relatively obscure German varieties. I have had Muller Thurgau before but most of the others were well beyond normal.
We had lunch at the very nice Gallery restaurant there, good time had by all. While we were there, there was a local half marathon which displayed all the classic British eccentricity. Virtually no-one was running in conventional running gear but generally dressed up as fairies, bunches of grapes, gorillas, Spiderman etc.
We tried the sparkling wine and the red.
We drove back to Clapham, about 1 hour, and had a barbecue dinner. We watched the closing ceremony of the Paralympics, AKA a very large Cold Play concert. We planned the next day. An 8:04 train from St Pancras meant we needed to leave at 6.15am, and wake up at 5.30am. We said our farewells to Sue and Mike and their boys who had been great hosts.