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Set in a beautiful location on the southern face of the Hog’s Back between Farnham and Guildford, Greyfriars Vineyard is very much a family affair. Mike and Hilary Wagstaff took over the 25 year old vineyard in 2010 and have extended it from the original one and a half acre site to over 40 acres. Ably assisted by their brother-in-law David, the Vineyard Manager, they are already producing award-winning English sparkling wines. Greyfriars 2011 Sparkling Rosé has just scooped a Silver Medal in the 2014 Sommelier Wine Awards and a Bronze Medal at the 2014 International Wine and Spirit Competition. The first of many, we are sure!

What grape varieties do you grow?
The vines are predominantly the three classical Champagne grape varieties; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Blessed with geological and soil conditions similar to France’s Champagne region - Greyfriars boasts a clay/loam topsoil over several hundred feet of wonderful free draining Cretaceous chalk – the vineyard is able to produce English sparkling wines of impeccable quality.

What are your plans for the future?
Although it's still early days, we have already achieved so much and have an expert team to help us. We are now developing a state-of-the-art winery, cellar and tasting room and plan to be producing 100,000 bottles a year by the end of the decade.

Read about our visit to Greyfriars Vineyard

Young girl picking grapes at Greyfriars Vineyard, Surrey | Local Food Britain
Greyfriars Vineyard grapes in Surrey | Local Food Britain
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Greyfriars Vineyard is a delightful family project and it's fantastic to hear that Mike's and Hilary's sparkling wines are already winning prestigious awards. We really look forward to following their story as they establish one of the UK's leading vineyards.