George & Janet Bowden|
LEEDS LS26 8AF
Facilities· Vineyard open most days. Visitors are welcome to have a free taste of the wines on offer prior to purchase. If travelling a distance please ‘phone before your journey. Tel: 0113 2889088. Opening hours: Monday to Friday 11am to 4.30pm Sunday – noon to 4.30pm
Leventhorpe – situated within the boundaries of the City of Leeds –is Yorkshire’s longest established commercial vineyard.
Winegrowing in Yorkshire is not new. The Cistercians of Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds and the Benedictines at St Mary’s Abbey, York, had been making wine successfully up to the 16th century. George Bowden and his wife Janet re-introduced commercial winegrowing to Yorkshire by establishing the five acre vineyard in 1986.
Leventhorpe has its own well equipped winery and its wines are given a long fermentation to preserve nose and delicacy. The wines are awarded Yorkshire Regional Wines status. The vineyard is recommended in Rick Stein’s Guide and Leventhorpe Madeleine Angevine was included as one of the Wines of the Week in The Daily Telegraph in July 2006. It was also recommended by Jancis Robinson in the Financial Times in May 2007. Oz Clarke has recommended Leventhorpe’s wines over the years and the vineyard was included in his new series ‘Oz and James Drink to Britain’. Leventhorpe was also included in Oz Clarke’s ‘Pick of the Best’ six British vineyards for the May 2009 issue of BBC Countryfile magazine. Leventhorpe is one of the few UK vineyards to have received a royal visitor with HRH The Duke of Kent making an official visit in July 2007. He stated that he was ‘astonished’ at the quality of Yorkshire wine.
Directions: Exit Junction 46 from the M1. Follow signs to Leeds. At first roundabout – Sainsbury Retail Park, turn left. At mini roundabout take 2nd exit A642 Wakefield on to Bullerthorpe Lane. Road crosses motorway. Go passed Gamblethorpe Farm on left hand side. Then take 1st turning right (vineyard on corner) – signposted Newsam Green. Take immediate left turn by Lodge House on to Newsam Green Road. Winery further down road on left hand side just before the cottages.
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