This weekend we took a trip to East Anglia. After a stroll down the pier at Southwold and a visit to the delightfully bizarre Under The Pier Show we pootled back to Wissett Wines. It was strange to find a vineyard on the Norfolk-Suffolk border, but on a sunny day at was a perfect stop off.
The winery offers a self-guided tour of the vineyards with a Walkman commentary. It sends you walking through fields of Pinot Gris, Madeleine Angevine, Auxerrois, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, as well as past a field of alpacas and through a rose garden.
The commentary is cheerfully eccentric with just the right amount of nerdy detail about Scott-Henry vs Geneva Double Curtain training systems to keep me amused balanced with more sales friendly descriptions of strawberry and cream flavoured bubbly and Noah’s own vineyards.
We stopped inside for a tasting, four wines of good quality from the kind of light and fruity styles you’d expect to drink in Rome to a fuller, fruitier white and an enjoyable dry rose. We picked up bottles of the three we really liked, I’ll write them up as I taste them away from the sunny day vineyard tasting effect.
Paul Cope not only cycled to Southwold and back to the vineyard, he took the photos too. He describes them as ‘pictures of wire’. I admit that some of the interest in identifying vines is lost when there’s not leaves, buds or fruit, but here they are. Bonus points if you correctly identify the varietal and/or training system!