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Grow Your Own Wine


Sorry, but they upped and moved to Oxfordshire 18 months ago!!
Ages ago, I was looking in the Museum of London, and there are a lot of references to vineyards…particularly in the Lea Valley where there are still vast areas of nurseries. Italians moved into this area and brought vines with them. I don’t think any are now functioning otherwse the Forty Hall Crew would have had their marketing challenged.
Peterborough also has a large Italian community…brickworks…and when I was working there in the `90s a group had formed a Coop and were producing wine from individual vines in back gardens and allotments. For their own consumption only, but I did taste some at a social occasion. If memory serves me well it could be what @laura is searching for as a food match for a Big Mac! I think I managed half a glass.


Have been pruning back the vine in my back garden, looks to be in the ‘buckshot berries’ stage - will try and count the bunches but I reckon I have too many for 1 vine!


An update on my nascent vines. Despite the snails, my Bacchus did flower when we were on holiday and now has two bunches of grapes. Yay! We all know small yield equals high quality, so at this rate i’ll be charging 1st growth prices for my Chateau La Taupe 2018!


Love it!

I took the advice and pruned the flowers on my vines this year but there are a few bunches growing on the vine in my parents garden


I walked past this today, the vine in this person’s garden as grown out and over a tree the other side of the fence! Quite a lot of bunches on it; the gardens by me aren’t very big so I dread to think how much of it has been taken over!


I’m intending to make my first home wine this year. Whilst I have a young Bacchus with fruit on it, it won’t be enough so I’ll be buying in some grapes or concentrate so I can get familiar with the process. Two questions - what would people recommend in terms of grapes / concentrates; which decent wine making kits would people recommend?


Can’t be of help, I’m afraid ,but I have a little tale…
In the late 70s I was earning my living teaching in Norwich. Amongst the group of friends and contacts was a Senior Environmental Health officer. One Sunday morning his ‘on call duty’ was activated at about 7 am to a minor road north of the city. A tanker had left the road, split open and its load was rapidly killing all neighbouring vegetation, including winter wheat. An exclusion area was put in place and the duty Hazchem team from a chemical factory was summoned. The scene included several fire appliances plus various personnel in fully protective gear.
After about 3 hours of umming, ahh-Ing and analysis, down a side track came an elderly gentleman on a pushbike. Challenged by the officials he replied ( in a broad Norfolk accent) to the effect of ’ what’s all the fuss about, that’s the tanker delivering wine concentrate to the local (named) winery. It’s come from :fr:.
The said winery was a major producer of home kits at that time! :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


Anyone able to identify the grape variety for me? Small grapes with lots of seeds makes me think it is a vitis vinifera but no idea which one.

Anyway I harvested some bunches and made some very cloudy grape juice which looks awful and tastes delicious.


Perhaps bought from a garden centre? Labelled White Grape?

Looks like my Solaris used to. Solaris is thin skinned so prone to insect damage, but is easy to press.

Could also be a Bacchus, or Phoenix…although Phoenix us a tad ‘sharp’.
Thousands to choose from


Hi all. I’m about to embark on the first home winemaking experiment. As I have a Bach us vine in the garden that is too young to produce enough fruit I’d like to get some Bacchus juice or concentrate and use that so I know what I’m dealing with and can hopefully make a better wine when the vine is older. I have some second hand kit so two questions. Does anyone know where I can buy Bacchus juice and secondly an appropriate yeast?