On Saturday 15 September twelve of us visited Rodington Vineyard, in the beautiful Shropshire countryside where the fabulous Blue Tractor Wines are grown. The wine tasting was organised by the Social & Fundraising Committee as a social event.
Manjit, the owners daughter, welcomed us to the vineyard and in between rain showers explained that the vineyard came into being after her parents bought 10 acres of agricultural land and found the soil was more suited to vines than orchard. On this small farm they grow nine different vine varieties, including Ortega, Solaris, Bacchus, Seyval, Rondo and Pinot Noir. The vines were only planted in 2009 and their first small production run was 2012 (family only) but by 2014 their Solaris white wine was winning a silver International Award.
We were able to taste 8 wines which comprised 3 white, 1 red, 2 rose and 2 sparkling wines. The 'nibbles' turned out to be a full picnic lunch, with their own grapes and apples & pears from the token orchard area - a nod to the original plan. The measures of wine were generous and enabled everyone to get a good taste of the quality of the wine.
The event was fantastic. Manjit didn't hurry the tasting and had plenty of time to chat with us and tell us lots of stories. All in all it was a lovely way to spend a Saturday.