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We’ve only gone and done it again

We’ve only gone and done it again

For the 2nd year running, we scooped the President's trophy for the ‘Best Classic Cuvée NV’ at the Wine GB Awards, the highly regarded championships for the industry. Andrew Wilson of WBC Packaging who sponsor the awards, came to present us with the Trophy. Each year...

First bee inspection

First bee inspection

There's been a hive of activity going on over the past week, excuse the pun. Our beekeeper Stuart carried out his Spring Inspection in the first hive. He was checking that the brood is growing nicely and have food stores, (back to the teenagers who I mentioned in my...

Wrapping, Tying Down and Cultivating

Wrapping, Tying Down and Cultivating

The vines are now my new babies as mine are growing up fast. We watch each vine eagerly develop. They are just starting to wake after their winter snooze, similar to my teenagers but the vines don’t argue back! As the ground temperatures warmed up and the sap started...

Pruning and Pulling Out

Pruning and Pulling Out

With a nation obsessed by the weather (I’m guilty of that). I thought it's time to show you what's happening on the vineyard during these cold and wet months. Many of you may have had a sprinkling of snow in the last week, but our vineyard didn’t see a flake. Even if...

Looking forward to 2021

Looking forward to 2021

In the space of five minutes parents everywhere changed their mind about doing dry January, ahh, another lockdown. Yes it’s pretty pants, but with the vaccines now on their way, boy have we got a lot of making up to do. Once restrictions are truly done, I declare that...

Looking back at 2020, thanks for your support

Looking back at 2020, thanks for your support

I’m a ‘glass half full’ kinda girl (contents being Ashling Park of course) so I’m not going to dwell on the woes of 2020. I’m digging deep for positives and sticking two fingers up to Covid. Looking Back at our Best Bits Let’s start with our fantastic Zoom interview...

The Portal Wine Club: The history behind the name

The Portal Wine Club: The history behind the name

As we launch our new wine club Ashling Park pays homage to one man’s dedication to the nation. Viscount Lord Portal is very centric to Ashling Park and his crest sits gallantly on our neck labels, as our vineyard thrives on the land which was once the Air Marshal’s...

On the lees explained

On the lees explained

Lee’s ageing, it’s a term those in the wine world keep banging on about. But it’s dawned on us, unless you’re a wine nerd you may say 'so what?' In a nutshell here it is explained. Dermot, Ashling Parks' winemaker and one of the best don’t you know, does his magic...

What is English Sparkling Wine?

What is English Sparkling Wine?

A glass of English Sparkling Wine please? It hardly rolls off the tongue, but by using that phrase you can be sure of its quality and authenticity in terms of using English grapes with traditional production methods. When talking about English wine there are a few...

Meet Gail Gardner: Managing Director and Ashling Park superstar

Meet Gail Gardner: Managing Director and Ashling Park superstar

Meet Gail Gardner, the beating heart of Ashling Park and the person who keeps us all on track. You can find Gail in almost every corner of this wonderful estate, from picking the grapes to packing orders, leading tours to holding businesses meetings. Gail sowed the...

Wine critics who love us too

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Oz Clarke OBE, wine expert and Britain’s most popular wine writer
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Susie Atkins, wine expert and award-winning wine and drinks writer
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Jancis Robinson OBE – journalist and wine writer for the Financial Times, and JancisRobinson.com, updated daily
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Jamie Goode, well-respected author, and wine columnist for the Sunday Express
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Stephen Skelton, Master of Wine

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Terry Kirby, wine columnist for The Independent
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Rose Murray Brown, Master of Wine and wine columnist for The Scotsman

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