Vineyard produces first wine

PUBLISHED: 09:13 04 June 2013 | UPDATED: 09:13 04 June 2013

Ingrid Bates and David Attenborough.

Ingrid Bates and David Attenborough.

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AFTER five years of waiting, the grapes in a Wrington vineyard have produced a new rose wine.

Ingrid Bates, aged 34, first planted the Dunleavy Vineyards on three acres of land in 2008, but had to wait until this year when the grapes were ready to be turned into wine.

Ingrid, who studied biology at university, first became interested in growing a vineyard after working at Thornbury Castle.

She said: “After working on someone else’s vineyard I really wanted to have a go. I wanted to have my own businesses and I loved being creative so I enjoyed coming up with the idea for the label and all the branding. I have to have a go at everything.

“When you have your own business you have a feeling of responsibility. And if you go away on holiday do one else will be there. You don’t anticipate that until you get into it and you get much more emotionally involved with it.”

Ingrid hopes to sell a few thousand bottles a year and said people seem to be enjoying the wine.

She said: “It is a really long wait for a vineyard to mature. Most businesses can open straight away and within a few months you are already selling something, but with a vineyard you are spending and working but not getting anything back. There is a huge build up to finally being able to sell the wine.

“But I’m really happy with how it’s turned out. It seems to have gown down really well.”

For more information on Ingrid’s vineyard and wine visit www.dunleavyvineyards.co.uk

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