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VISIT TO HIGHDOWN VINEYARD, FERRING
Sunday 7 October 2012

Highdown is a small vineyard located near Ferring, which has for the last two years or so been in the ownership of Paul and Aly Englefield. In brilliant sunshine on a day more suited to summer than autumn, over fifty members and friends arrived in twenty-two Club motor cars. The majority had opted for a vineyard tour and tasting before lunch, so they were duly escorted to the vines by Aly, who gave a most interesting talk on how to grow, prune, pick and ultimately bottle wine from various grape varieties. Then to the restaurant, where white, rose and red wines were tasted, prior to the remainder of the group joining for lunch. Everybody I spoke to after the meal said how much they had enjoyed it - so well done to the chef and his crew. Most people departed from the venue about 3.30pm, and I suspect from the opinions expressed we shall return at a future date. Warmest thanks to Paul, Aly, Olly and the rest of the Highdown team, not forgetting the weatherman, for giving us such an enjoyable visit!

David Gray - Section Chairman


Members' motor cars parked at Highdown
Some of the members' motor cars parked at Highdown.
Aly gave a talk about the vineyard   Talk about the vineyard and on growing vines
Aly gave a talk about the vineyard and on growing vines.
The vines
The vines.
White grapes   Red grapes
White grapes and red grapes are grown at Highdown Vineyard.
Photos: Ian Burt