Sir Reresby Sitwell would be raising his glass. The vineyard he so ambitiously planted at his family home, Renishaw Hall near Sheffield, back in in 1972 has finally won an award for its wine.
Kieron Atkinson, winemaker and vineyard manager, has won bronze for his still white wine in this year’s United Kingdom Vineyards Association wine awards.
It’s the first wine win in 40 years for Renishaw and Kieron is celebrating too; the white is from his first ever vintage; he only took up a career in viticulture in 2010 after leaving the Army.
No other wine from the region picked up an award and Kieron sees that as national recognition. He believes Renishaw Hall’s vines are on a par with the UK’s more recognised southern wine-producing counties.
Kieron said: “To pick up a national award from UKVA for my first ever vintage is down to the quality of the grapes we produce and positions us well for more success in the future.
“I have high hopes our sparkling wine will receive national recognition soon.” A red wine may be being produced in the next few years, too. Climate change means Renishaw can now plant red grape vines. The award-winning still white, described by Keiron as having “a fresh, subtle berry fruit with hints of citrus and elderflower” is £9.50 at Renishaw Hall shop, Mitchells wine merchants, Kelham Island Brewery and Peak Edge Hotel. It will soon be in stock at Whirlow Hall Farm’s shop.
Try it with classic summer leaf salads, chicken and fish, says Kieron.
n Vineyard tours are held at Renishaw Hall throughout the year. For details go to www.renishaw-hall.co.uk