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English Wine and Food Festival is back at Cobbs Farm, near Hungerford

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This weekend 13 vineyards from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire will come together for the annual English Wine and Food Festival.

The two day event on Saturday and Sunday (June 25 and 26) will be held at Cobbs Farm, Hungerford, and will offer a huge variety of sparkling and still English wines between 11am and 5pm.

There will be opportunities to taste, compare and buy the award-winning local wines all in one location.

English Wine and Food Festival
English Wine and Food Festival

The owners of the 13 vineyards will be available to talk through the grapes they grow and the wine they make.

Exotic wines like Bacchus, Dornfelder and Phoenix will be available, alongside classic varieties such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to showcase wines that reflect the local area.

There will be opportunities to try the different wines before buying a glass to enjoy at the event or a bottle to take home.

There will also be tutored wine tastings throughout the day lasting 35 minutes each and costing £10.

A range of drinks will be available
A range of drinks will be available

Here there will be chances to learn and appreciate three different English still and sparkling wines from expert tutors Patricia Stefanowicz, master of wine, and Yannick Joseph, head butler of St John's College Oxford.

Three of West Berkshire’s very own vineyards will also be at the festival: Alder Ridge at Cobbs Farm, All Angels in Enborne, and Winding Wood Vineyard, just outside of Hungerford.

Each will be exhibiting their sparkling rosés and classic cuvées, which will be ideal for sipping throughout the summer.

All three vineyards offer tours and tastings to private parties throughout the summer.

The English Wine and Food Festival is this weekend
The English Wine and Food Festival is this weekend

Alongside the participating vineyards, local food producers will be cooking up tasty meals and selling culinary delights.

There will be a wide selection of hot and cold street food stalls selling locally produced meals from hog roasts to pizzas to sandwiches.

In addition, there will be more than 30 local artisan stalls offering an assortment of food throughout the weekend.

To keep everyone entertained throughout the day there will be live music from The Coverbuoys, after the success of last year’s festival.

Tickets are available online now and will be available to purchase on the door.

Free entry to under 18s, but they must be accompanied by an adult.

There are now 800 vineyards in England and Wales with more developing each year, even the French champagne houses are crossing the Channel to buy land here to plant as the warmer growing conditions with climate change are getting increasingly attractive.

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