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VISIT TO ENGLAND'S LARGEST VINEYARD, DENBIES
London Road, Dorking - Saturday 11 October 2003

Members began arriving around 10.30am at these splendid premises set to the backdrop of some south facing Surrey hills. A pleasure to bring out the Club car on another bright sunny day which we have been fortunate enough to enjoy this season. Our tour started in the 360 cinema with a film showing the fascinating world of wine and an introduction to Denbies. Our guide then directed us to the 'people mover' train, which took us through each stage of the working winery, and down to the cellars for a tasting of three of Denbies wines, a short talk and an opportunity to ask questions. Some members visited the Gallery Wine Bar at the top of the tower to appreciate the panoramic views across the vines and beyond to all points of the compass. Moving slowly (or quickly?) through the well-stocked gift shop our party made its way to the Garden Room where we all enjoyed a pre-booked lunch. After lunch some members took advantage of the fine weather to walk into the vineyard or just to chat around our display of around twenty Club cars.

Ted Meachem - Section Secretary


Denbies
David Gray's 1929 20hp (Poppy), Michael Whittemore's 1934 PII and John Young's 1938 Bentley 4 1/4 two-seater.   Photo: Ted Meachem