When thinking of wine, images of rolling hills in the south of France, the mountains of New Zealand or even the Kent countryside come to mind. What you don’t think of is the hustle and bustle of Earls Court. But that is where London Cru, the city’s first winery, has opened.
London’s alcohol scene is expanding at a phenomenal rate, from craft beer breweries to gin, whiskey and vodka distilleries, so it seems fitting that a winery has been added to the mix. For the last few months, the team at London Cru have been setting up their
unique boutique winery in an old gin distillery, shipping over grapes from the southern France regions of Bordeaux, Languedoc and the Roussillon.
You don’t have to be able to tell a German Riesling from a Chilean Malbec to feel nervous about the grapes travelling across the channel. However, the London Cru crew promise that the precious grapes will be transported in refrigerated lorries and will reach the winery within 36 hours of being picked.
There should be little concern for the quality of the wine, as London Cru is filled to the brim with wine-making talent. It’s backed by a partnership between wine extraordinaire Cliff Roberson, the founder of award-wining wine merchant Roberson Wine, and investor Will Tomlinson. The team itself includes Gavin Monery, an international winemaker, and Mark Andrew, a Master of Wine student. With all that talent, we doubt we’ll return any of the bottles.
Explaining the decision to launch the winery, Gavin Monery said; “With so many talented people creating world-class craft beers and spirits in London, we thought it was time to do the same with wine, sharing the experience of making it with people who want a hands-on, informative and entertaining experience. London Cru will be the embodiment of the “Made in London” spirit, and this brand new concept fits perfectly into the city’s thriving wine scene.”
Unfortunately the wine won’t be ready for tasting till summer 2014, but the winery will be open to the public before then to offer tours and tastings. It can also be hired out for events.
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