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Renishaw Hall vineyard 2014 tour dates announced


With a newly-expanded vineyard and plenty to talk about the recent vintage, Renishaw Hall’s historic vineyard tours are back for 2014.

Led by award-winning wine maker, Kieron Atkinson, the Renishaw Hall vineyard tours are an informative session where visitors learn about the 40+ year old history of Renishaw vineyard - once the most northerly vineyard in the world. There are also tastings on offer of Renishaw Hall’s award-winning white and sparkling wines.


“I am really looking forward to welcoming people to this fantastic and surprising plot of grape-producing land on the Renishaw estate in north Derbyshire” says Kieron. “I hope to continue Renishaw Hall wine’s award successes from previous years, and people are warmly invited to come along to this year’s public tours and learn how English wine is produced from grapes grown here in Derbyshire”.

The vineyard tours last approximately 1.5 hours and cost £10 per person, including wine tasting, a tour of the historic vineyard and learning about the cycle of the vineyard and wine-making process.

Public tours take place on a Sunday at noon. Dates for 2014 are:
May 11th (Renishaw Hall plant fair)
May 25th (English wine week)
June 8th
June 15th
Aug 3rd
Aug 10th (Renishaw Hall plant fair)
Sept 21st (TBC subject to harvest)

Pre-booked group tours (min of 12 people) are also available on Thursdays and at weekends from May to Sept.

Advance booking for all tours is required, contact or call 01246 432310 to book your place on a tour.

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Derbyshire winemaker expands in to Warwickshire


Kieron Atkinson, vineyard tenant of Renishaw Hall in Derbyshire and award-winning wine maker, has expanded his vineyard management in to Warwickshire.

He has taken over the Welcombe Hills vineyard near Stratford upon Avon, where he hopes to have the same wine-making success he’s achieving with Renishaw Hall vineyard.


The Welcombe Hills vineyard is over 12 years old and was established by Jane Gallimore and her late husband, Chris. Jane has leased the site out to Kieron who will now maintain the vineyard and produce English Wine Project wine using grapes grown on site.

Around one acre in size, the Welcombe Hills vineyard produces up to 6000 bottles a year and is in an idyllic position overlooking the Avon Valley. Grape varieties include Bacchus and Pinot Noir.

“To look after such a fantastic vineyard site is a great opportunity for me and The English Wine Project” says Kieron, who will now divide his time between the new Warwickshire site and the historic vineyard at Renishaw Hall in north Derbyshire.

“I am aiming for the same success I have been working hard at achieving for Renishaw Hall and I am sure that people both in Derbyshire and across Warwickshire and the West Midlands will enjoy the wine that I will produce using Welcombe Hill’s grapes.”

It’s now full systems go as Kieron prepares for harvest at both sites and what he hopes will produce a bountiful crop of fruit, following this year’s fine weather over the summer.

The new wine will be available from next year and will include a white, rosé, red and sparkling wine. Learn more about Kieron’s work, his wine and The English Wine Project at:

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For more details, interviews or photos, please contact Jane Travis on
Kieron Atkinson is tenant of Renishaw Hall vineyard and Wellcombe Hills vineyard and co-founder of the English Wine Project, an English wine consultancy business. Visit for more information

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Celebrating England’s finest flavours: award-winning English wine and food event
The Pantry, Harrogate, Thursday 24th October, 7pm


Taste an exquisite selection of England’s finest wines and food, from the stylish setting of new Harrogate restaurant, The Pantry.

The Pantry has teamed up with The English Wine Project and award-winning wine maker Kieron Atkinson, who produces wines made from the historic Renishaw Hall Vineyard on the Derbyshire – Yorkshire border.

An evening of five courses created by The Pantry’s Michelin-trained Head Chef Jonathan Elvin will be accompanied by five English wines selected by Kieron, including Kieron’s global award-winning English sparkling wine.


As one of a handful of England’s wine producers based in the north of the country, Kieron will also provide a fascinating insight in to English wine production and tasting notes for the evening.

The Pantry, located in the historic core of Harrogate, is owned by Yorkshireman and chef Jonathan Elvin and brings together the best of British classic dishes with a modern twist. Sourcing and supporting local food and drink producers is at the soul of The Pantry’s ethos.

“This new partnership between The Pantry and The English Wine Project offers an amazing opportunity for people to come and sample the best of English wine out there to compliment the best of seasonal, English food – and learn a little more about the burgeoning English wine industry” says Jonathan.

Kieron Atkinson, founder of The English Wine Project, retrained as a wine maker and vineyard manager following a career in the Army where he was captain in the Light Dragoons – the Cavalry regiment which recruits from South Yorkshire. Kieron took over the running and wine production at Renishaw Hall Vineyard in Eckington, on the Derbyshire / Yorkshire border, two years ago, and has since picked up several national and international awards for his still and sparkling wines produced from this historic site.

“I am really looking forward to sharing my wines – and other great English wine producers’ wines – with the people of Harrogate at Jonathan’s fantastic new venue. We’ve constructed an excellent food and wine matching menu which I know people are going to really appreciate” he says.

The Pantry and EWP Wine Tasting Dinner takes place on Thursday, 24th October at 7pm, at The Pantry, Harrogate, limited places available.

A place at this special evening is £60 per person and includes a five course menu with five accompanying English wines. Advance booking is essential on 01423 224290

To download a copy of the event flyer click here.

For more details or to book a table, please contact The Pantry on 01423 224290 or email
For images, media enquiries and interviews, and menu and wine previews, please contact Jane Travis on or call 07779 586312

Notes to Editors
The Pantry: located on Montpellier Parade, Harrogate, The Pantry opened its doors in February 2013 after extensive refurbishment. Head chef and owner Jonathan Elvin trained at Thomas Danby College Leeds. The Classic groundings of his catering career began at the two Michelin-starred Bagatelle, Oslo. Jonathan then embarked on a culinary journey that included Gordon Ramsey’s Claridges, The Devonshire Arms (Bolton Abbey), Whatley Manor (Cotswolds), Marc Fosh (Mallorca) and The star Inn (Harome).
The English Wine Project: founded in 2011 by Kieron Atkinson and Jane Travis, The English Wine Project is a consultancy – based support network championing English and Welsh wine and its production in the U.K. Kieron is wine maker and vineyard manager at Renishaw Hall Vineyard in the Derbyshire / Yorkshire border, and Wellcombe Hills Vineyard in Warwickshire. There has been a vineyard at Renishaw Hall for over 40 years and it was for many years the most northerly vineyard in the world.

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Renishaw Hall wine picks up national award despite last year’s difficult weather

Kieron Atkinson, winemaker and vineyard tenant at Renishaw Hall in Derbyshire, has been awarded a Bronze medal in the 2013 United Kingdom Vineyards Association (UKVA) Wine Awards for his 2012 Madeline Angevine still white wine.

The award, which was announced last week, is the second win this year for Kieron and Renishaw Hall wine, following a Highly Commended medal picked up in the Decanter World Wine Awards in May.

Kieron will collect his UKVA award from the Houses of Parliament in July.


Kieron - who manages the historic vineyard at Renishaw Hall in north Derbyshire - says: “to pick up another award for Renishaw Hall’s wine is the seal of proof for people living and visiting Derbyshire that this county produces very good wine, be it still or sparkling. I am really pleased to be collecting another accolade for this fantastic, historic vineyard, and that my hard work in the winery has paid off.”

Alexandra Sitwell, current owner of Renishaw Hall, says: “it’s fantastic to watch the vineyard producing more award-winning wine, thanks to the work of Kieron. I’m delighted to see Renishaw Hall so visible in the English wine-making sphere.”

The wine has a fresh, balanced taste and stone fruit flavours. It was produced last year during what was a challenging summer for grape growing, due to wet weather and adverse conditions.

All wines entered in to the UKVA wine awards are judged by Masters of Wine, and this year, Renishaw Hall wine was one of only a handful of 2012 wines to be put forward due to the poor summer conditions, making it even more of an impressive win for the Derbyshire wine which was judged against wines entered from several years before.

The Renishaw Hall 2012 still wine will be available to buy from July via the Renishaw Hall shop and other quality wine outlets in the region, see for more information.

Tours of the historic vineyard with Kieron Atkinson are available at Renishaw throughout the year. Visit for more details.

For more information please contact Jane Travis, PR consultant, on or call 07779 586312

Notes to Editors
• There has been a vineyard at Renishaw Hall in Derbyshire for 40 years, making it one of the oldest in the UK. It was planted by the late Sir Reresby Sitwell in 1972 and was once the most northerly vineyard in the world.
• Kieron Atkinson is tenant of Renishaw Hall vineyard and co-founder of the English Wine Project, an English wine consultancy business. Visit or for more information

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Derbyshire wine wins first ever global wine award


Renishaw Hall’s wine win makes it the U.K’s most northerly vineyard to win a Decanter World Wine Award.


Kieron Atkinson, winemaker and vineyard tenant at Renishaw Hall in Derbyshire, has been awarded a Commended medal in the 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards for his 2011 Seyval Blanc sparkling wine.


The award makes the wine the most northerly to win in the UK, and is the first time the historic vineyard in north Derbyshire has picked up a global award.


It’s also the first time that winemaker Kieron entered a wine to the Decanter World Wine Awards, from what was once the most northerly vineyard in the world.

The sparkling wine is a clear, crisp and with a fine mousse, made using Seyval Blanc grapes grown in the Derbyshire site. It’s produced using the traditional method.

Kieron - who manages the historic vineyard at Renishaw Hall in north Derbyshire after a previous career serving as an officer in the British Army - says: “this award is recognition that good wines can be produced in the north of England. It’s now recognised that the climate in parts of the UK is more akin to the weather experienced in the Champagne region of France a decade or so ago, which can only mean the England will continue producing quality sparkling wines. I am delighted Renishaw Hall’s historic vineyard has produced a global award winning wine and I am sure the late Sir Reresby Sitwell, who planted the vineyard back in 1972, would have enjoyed this accolade”.

The Decanter World Wine Awards is the world’s leading wine competition. The competition is well known for its rigorous judging process, which has led to the Decanter World Wine Awards becoming the most authoritative source of wine recommendations for wine lovers worldwide. This year, the 219 judges were from all around the world assessed 14,362 wines from 52 countries. This year’s expert panel of judges included 75 Masters of Wine, and 13 Master Sommeliers.

Jean-Michel Valette MW, DWWA 2013 Judge, says: “What the DWWA team has really done is to recruit a panel of the very best palates in the world to taste each wine, and so when a wine wins a Decanter Medal in this competition, it’s something to be truly proud of.”

Chairman of the Decanter World Wine Awards, Steven Spurrier, says: “The DWWA has arrived at an authority, thanks to the judges, the organisation, thanks to the whole packaging. We’re here to recognise quality, that’s all we’re here for.”

For more information please contact Jane Travis, PR consultant, on or call 07779 586312

Notes to Editors
• The DWWA was launched in 2004, and is celebrating 10 years as the world’s leading wine competition.
• This year, the DWWA welcomed a record-breaking 14,362 wines into the competition, from 52 countries around the world.
• The DWWA is respected internationally for its prestigious reputation and unrivalled consumer influence.
• The DWWA 2013 recruited 219 judges from 27 countries around the world, including 75 Masters of Wine, and 13 Master Sommeliers.
• Wines are organised for tasting by country, region, colour, grape, style, vintage, and price, to ensure that wines are judged in flights against their peers.
• There has been a vineyard at Renishaw Hall in Derbyshire for 40 years, making it one of the oldest in the UK. It was planted by the late Sir Reresby Sitwell in 1972
• Kieron Atkinson is tenant of Renishaw Hall vineyard and co-founder of the English Wine Project, an English wine consultancy business. Visit or for more information
For more information on the DWWA, and for a full list of results, please visit:

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Kieron Atkinson features in major new ITV series – Country House Sunday

ITV1, Sundays at 8.30am

See Kieron, Renishaw Hall’s vineyard and Renishaw Hall and Gardens in a new ITV series that starts on 21st April and runs throughout the summer. Kieron shows presenter Lynda Bellingham how to make wine, plus the vineyard and Kieron’s work is featured. Country House Sunday will see Lynda Bellingham take a tour around some of Britain’s most beautiful stately homes.

Lynda and her team will explore the very best that the house and estate have to offer, unpicking its rich history.


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Above: Kieron Atkinson, Alexandra Sitwell & Lynda Bellingham

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Army officer turned wine maker releases a sparkling wine to support former comrades

An English sparkling wine produced by an ex-army captain will raise money for injured soldiers.

‘Sahagun’ - named after a famous cavalry battle of the 19th century – is a wine by Kieron Atkinson, former captain in the Light Dragoons cavalry regiment of the British Army and today an English wine maker.


The wine has been released in time to be enjoyed on the anniversary of the Battle of Sahagun, the 21st December, one of the most celebrated cavalry engagements in the history of the British Army and still marked by cavalry regiments today.

Sahagun is a sparkling white wine produced from seyval blanc grapes grown in Derbyshire.

It’s the first English wine to be dedicated to a British Army battle and regiment, and a percentage of the wine sales will go to the Light Dragoons Colonel’s Appeal which offers support to the families of soldiers killed in action and help to wounded soldiers and their families.

“I am still close to my former regiment and with my new career saw the opportunity to offer an English wine that I hope will raise money for the soldiers of the Light Dragoons who have been recently wounded or killed in action.

Tragically a number of my former comrades were killed on recent tours to Afghanistan and dozens have been seriously injured. The money raised from wine sales will mean we can do something to help the soldiers and soldiers’ families readjust to a life after war” said Kieron Atkinson, winemaker and founder of The English Wine Project.

LT Col Sam Plant, Commanding Officer of The Light Dragoons, said “‘this is a fantastic initiative.  The wine is great fun and of exceptionally high quality.  The project will also raise a significant amount of money for The Light Dragoons Colonel’s Appeal, funds from which will be used to support the families of those that have been killed on recent operations in Afghanistan and those that have been injured.  I am looking forward to having a glass or two of it myself over Christmas and am most grateful to Kieron Atkinson for his generosity.’

The Battle of Sahagun marked an important period of The Light Dragoon’s history, when they heavily defeated two regiments of the French Cavalry in one of the final successful clashes for the English forces against the French during the Peninsula War.

Kieron Atkinson chose the Sahaghun battle as the wine’s branding due to its continuing importance to the regiment today and the resonance of wine at the battle itself, given by the excerpt of a song written by soldiers after the battle took place:
The Spaniards turned out of the town of Sahagun To welcome the Fifteenth, the ‘Kings Light Dragoons’ With jugs full of wine, our thirst for to quench, Crying, ‘long live the English, and down with the French!

The limited edition Sahagun sparkling wine is on sale from 12th December 2012 via and is available in time to mark the 204th anniversary of the Battle of Sahagun on 21st December, or to simply enjoy during Christmas, whilst at the same time raising money for the Light Dragoons Colonel ‘s Appeal. Click here to buy our wine.

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Above: Kieron Atkinson, co-founder of The English Wine Project

Notes to Editors
At least 10% of wine sales will go to the LDC appeal

Kieron Atkinson is co-founder of The English Wine Project, consultancy based support network championing English and Welsh vineyards and wine in the UK. See more at

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2012 Harvest

View images of this year’s harvest at Renishaw Hall vineyard...


Here are photos of our first 'pick' for the year, which took place at Renishaw Hall vineyard in early October. You'll see the newly planted vines on the right hand image, growing well after Kieron planted them in April on BBC's Countryfile programme.

Are you interested in volunteering at the vineyard? We are always looking for keen helping hands throughout the year. Contact us on to find out more.

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Renishaw Hall Wine Harvest

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Here's a short video of the harvest at Renishaw Hall, with Kieron and Alexandra Sitwell, owner of Renishaw Hall.

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Renishaw Hall wine wins national award.

Kieron Atkinson, Winemaker and Vineyard Manager at Renishaw Hall near Sheffield, has won bronze for his still white wine in this year's UKVA (United Kingdom Vineyards Association) wine awards.


The award is a first for Kieron, who took up a career in viticulture after leaving the army in 2010.

The wine is Kieron's first vintage and the only wine he entered in this year's national wine awards.

It is the only wine from this region to win an award, national recognition that the wine from Renishaw Hall is of a quality on a par with more recognised southern wine-producing counties.

Kieron said: 'to pick up a national award from UKVA for my first ever vintage is down to the quality of the grapes produced at Renishaw Hall. These fantastic vines combined with two years' hard work studying viticulture and wine making at Plumpton college positions Renishaw Hall wine well for more success in the future. I have high hopes that the sparkling wine will also receive national recognition in future awards'.

Kieron was presented the award along with Renishaw Hall’s owner, Alexandra Sitwell, at a UKVA ceremony hosted by Olly Smith, wine critic and TV personality.

Renishaw Hall wine, including Kieron's award winning still white, is available to buy from Renishaw Hall shop or call 01246 432310.

There are vineyard tours held at Renishaw Hall throughout the year, for more details go to

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Above: Kieron Atkinson and Alexandra Sitwell - Owner of Renishaw Hall - collect an award for the Renishaw Hall 2011 wine from Olly Smith at the UKVA awards (Olly is holding Kieron's daughter)

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See Renishaw Hall vineyard, managed by Kieron Atkinson, on BBC's Countryfile,
Sunday, 6th May at 6.15pm.

The BBC’s flagship programme came to film the Renishaw estate in Derbyshire and interviewed Renishaw Hall’s vineyard manager, Kieron Atkinson as well as Renishaw Hall’s owner, Alexandra Sitwell.


The story of the hall as well as topical work taking place in the gardens and vineyard will be featured, in addition to personal anecdotes from Alexandra Sitwell about her historic home.

Kieron said: “I was delighted when I heard that Countryfile was going to feature Renishaw Hall vineyard on its programme. As the vineyard turns 40 this year, it’s a perfect fit for this historic yet active site and I hope the crew had plenty to work with.”

BBC Countryfile’s Adam Henson presents the piece which is due to be aired on Sunday.
BBC Director, Andrew Painten, said: “I think our viewers will find Renishaw Hall fascinating. It truly is a hidden gem of North Derbyshire.”


Above: BBC Countyfile’s Adam Henson tastes Renishaw Hall wine with Kieron and Renishaw Hall’s owner, Alexandra Sitwell

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Project launches to make English wine 'accessible for everyone'

The English Wine Project is the first website of its kind to offer support in all aspects of English wine and the wine-making process, from growing grapes to knowing what’s good to buy.

Created by Kieron Atkinson and Jane Travis, the English Wine Project provides advice, practical support, sales and marketing expertise across all areas of the UK wine industry.


Vineyard manager, wine maker and education specialist Kieron Atkinson said, ‘English wine need not be for the select few or only for people with plenty time to spare. We want everyone to be able to enjoy English wine, from simply knowing what to look out for when you are tasting wine, to being able to establish your own vineyard. The English Wine Project offers people the help to do this.’

Interest in English wine has never been so strong, and as the quality of English wine and its availability continues to improve, more people are turning to UK produced wine to enjoy.

Jane Travis, PR and Marketing consultant, said, ‘our website is here to offer people one place to go to for all the advice they need on English wine. Ideal for both individuals and businesses, Kieron and I offer tailored guidance and training in whatever area of wine development people are looking for; be that explaining what makes a great bottle of wine to buy, to planning a full media strategy to improve the success of your business.’

Enjoy English wine with us.

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Notes to Editors
For interviews or for more information on The English Wine Project, please contact Jane Travis

The English Wine Project is a web-based consultancy network, covering all areas of English wine and its production.
See more at
The English Wine Project is a trading division of Atkinson Travis Limited, Company number: 7786140