Commonwood Red, Shropshire, England
The local hero! Commonwood vineyard is situated just a few miles north of Shrewsbury, in a very quiet, rural area west of Wem. At around a hectare of vines, it is tiny but unusually for a vineyard of this size, especially in the UK, all the still wine is made in a small winery (big shed!) on site. It was planted by Corinne and Alan Goddard in 2002/3 who purchased some land next to their house from a retiring farmer and inspired by a recent trip round New Zealand and Corinne's French / Italian heritage decided the best thing to do with it was create a vineyard.
After careful research into the soil and most suitable grapes and trellising systems (Alan's engineering attention to detail!) they planted two thirds white, mainly Phoenix, and one third red, mainly Regent and Rondo with some Dornfelder. We have been selling their wine for a few years and for the last couple the team at Iron & Rose and GlouGlou has been privileged to take part in all aspects of its production from vineyard to winery.Naturally low in alcohol, around 10%, this is a really easy drinking, juicy red but also has depth of flavour to match with food.
Producer - Commonwood
Country - England
Region - Shropshire
Variety / Blend - Field Blend, mainly Regent
Style - Red wine
Farming - Organic principles