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Lyme Bay makes Christmas merry

It turns out that people have been drinking wine even longer than we thought.

A team of molecular archeologists headed up by Patrick McGovern – Scientific Director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Project for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia – has discovered wine residue on pottery shards from archaeological sites in Georgia dating back to 6,000 B.C. According to an interview with Dr McGovern in the New York Times, this is the earlie...

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Decide on cider

Lots of stories start with an apple: Adam and Eve, William Tell, not to mention Steve Jobs – and even ours here at the Lyme Bay Winery.

Twenty years ago we started making ciders using traditional West Country methods, and now have an unrivalled reputation for producing an award-winning range of ciders of the highest standard. These are our Jack Ratt ciders, made from the pressed juice of locally grown traditional cider varieties such as Dabinett, Kingston Black and Yarlington Mill, all of which a...

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Fancy a look around?

From your manager’s desk to your mum’s handbag, if you’re anything like us you probably love the chance to have a snoop around somewhere you’re not usually allowed to go.

And if that’s the case then you are in luck, as this autumn (until mid-October) we are offering the general public guided viewings of the harvest process here at Lyme Bay Winery in Devon.

If you’ve always wondered how we get from grapes on the vine to wine in the bottle, come and meet the Winery team who will walk you through the...

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Celebrate English Wine Week

The sun may be shining now, but a severe cold snap in April left many English winemakers in fear for their harvest after unseasonal temperatures across the South of England dropped below freezing.

“Over the winter of 2016 we experienced cool, dry weather with a sustained period of temperatures below zero,” explains our vineyard manager Rob Corbett. “This meant that the vines were able to reach full dormancy, enabling them to preserve their carbohydrate stores for the coming vintage, and after a s...

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Toast St George with English drinks

Saint George has been the patron saint of England since the 14th century, despite being born in Turkey of Greek origin. Designated a protector of the royal family, St George’s Day on April 23rd was a major feast day in England in the 15th century, said to be on a par with Christmas.

Although these festivities have waned over the years, it has become common to see people take up the flag of St George – with its red cross on a white background – to celebrate all things English. And if you are plann...

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The rise of botanicals

You can’t move in the hipper bars in town without tripping over someone spouting about the rich and diverse flavours that the botanicals are bringing to their gin. Yes gin; the drink that in the 18th century was called ‘mother’s ruin’ because it was so cheap that its effect on family life was disastrous.

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These days gin has become the drink of choice for beard-toting hipsters, city slickers and discerning drinkers alike. This is partly because today’s production techniques are so so...

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