Interest in English wine has never been so strong. There are now around 400 vineyards producing still and sparkling wine across the UK, from as far north as Yorkshire, right down to the Kent coast.

Kieron Atkinson, Founder of the English Wine Project, left the British Army in 2010 after nine years’ active service to start a new career in English wine. He completed the only UK wine production course at Plumpton College in Sussex and became Technical Advisor for the UK branch of the Rothschilds.

In June 2011 Kieron took over the historic vineyard at Renishaw Hall in north Derbyshire, where he looks after the site and produces award-winning still and sparkling wine. There, Kieron conducts wine tours and oversees wine sales and promotion as well as the development of the wine product to bring it to today’s widening market.

in 2012 Kieron planted an extra third on to the existing vineyard at Renishaw, to up the yield and to provide a red grape variety, Rondo, which now produces a superb rose and red wines.

In 2013 Kieron took on the lease of Welcombe Hills vineyard near Stratford upon Avon and looked after it for two years, during which he produced delicious wine from grapes grown there in the Avon Valley.

During 2013 – present day, Kieron has entered and won each time in the Decanter World Wine Awards for his range of wines. His red, white, rose and sparkling wines can be found in quality outlets across the region as well as on site at Renishaw Hall itself.

In his spare time Kieron is a father of three, loves sport (though rarely gets to play it these days!), walks with the dog, cooking and of course, good wine…

“My wife and I attended your vineyard tour in Sept and bought a bottle of your sparkling wine as a souvenir. As wine lovers we opened it for Christmas Dinner and introduced it to our guests: all were very pleased and surprised, what is going on in England’s wine business! We wish you good luck for the upcoming season, and should you ever come to Austria we would be pleased to meet you, have a glass together and talk about wine!”

Best Regards! Bernhard

“What a superb tour -  I had no idea we produced such good wine here and so far north in the UK! We will be returning for another tour and taste with Kieron next year and bringing our friends. Thank you for a great time!” 

Mr & Mrs Breeley