Planted in 2013, Copdock Hall Vineyard occupies half an acre of land, next to St Peter’s Church, Copdock, and facing Copdock Hall. I comprises three varieties – Rondo (red), Bacchus and Solaris (both white) and produced its first harvest in 2015.
Copdock Hall’s Rose went on to win a Silver and Bronze Award from the East Anglian Vineyards Association.
Since then the vineyard has also produced a stand-alone white Bacchus and there are plans for a Rosé fizz from the 2018 harvest – expected in early 2020.
Owner, Ian Evans, is passionate about wine and winemaking, with his enthusiasm sparked by an overseas posting in Cape Town, South Africa – the heart of the country’s winelands.
Here he learned about different grape varieties, the annual life cycle of a grape vine as well as how best to taste and enjoy wine.
He offers wine tours, talks and tastings at Copdock Hall. These can be packaged with afternoon tea or light lunches and must be booked in advance.
The wine can be bought directly from Copdock Hall or is for sale in the local pub, The Brook Inn and Suffolk Food Hall.
Harvesting usually takes place in September and October when the grapes are picked and taken to another vineyard to produce the wine. Usually around six months later the wine is bottled and ready to be sold.
Copdock Hall is also now producing its own gin – called Queen Bess – which is infused with Copdock Hall Vineyard grapes giving it a sweeter, fruity flavour and pink tinge.
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You can also read a history of the vineyard and updates via Ian’s blog here…