Alan and Corinne Goddard|
|Commonwood Vineyard is sited about 2 miles out of the small market town of Wem in Shropshire.First planted on the level, sandy soils with Phoenix in 2002, it has now expanded to include red vines.There is now 1 hectare of vines, with room for further plantings. In 2012, 15 Monarch vines were planted. This is the first time in Britain that a commercial vineyard has planted this variety, which is a cross of Solaris and Dornfelder (and is red)
The vines are trained on a low wire Double Guyot system, unfortunately low enough to provide food for the local fox. The vineyard uses organic practices but is not registered with the soil association.The aim is to become carbon-neutral, with the aid of solar panels and a wood-burning water-heating system.
Wines are made in the small winery on site.Both red and white wines are produced, with plans for sparkling wine in the future. In 2014, the first Rose wine was produced purely from Rondo grapes- a light, fruity and elegant wine ideal for Summer.
To reach the vineyard, take the Tilley road out of Wem. Go through Tilley Village and continue along the minor road for about three quarters of a mile. Turn right (signposted CommonWood) and pass the stud farm on your left and farm buildings on your right. Weavers Loft is the second of two houses on the left.