The UK’s most exciting new vineyard
Beth Derbyshire is a visual artist who has delivered a wide range of large art projects over the past 20 years. Her turn in the wine business came later in life, courtesy of her father. Beth’s father was a Herefordshire cider farmer who also decided to plant a vineyard in the early 1980s. For years the grapes were grown and sold but no wine was ever made. It wasn’t until Beth’s father passed away that fate took its course.
Having moved back and rediscovered the extraordinary beauty and bounty of her pocket of Herefordshire, Beth decided to turn her father’s vision into a reality. Rather than selling the grapes, Furnace Projects was launched to create a range of wines that have character, identity and a sense of where they are from.
How we found them/How Richard found them: Beth was introduced to us by a friend in the industry, to help with getting her great wines out to the people! Tasting through the range, we thought the wines had real expression of a different part of England’s land away from the more common Sussex and Kent soils. Beth’s artistic background and natural style shines through in a range that has bags of character.
The land and vineyard is situated in Yarkhill, Herefordshire, a town which dates back to its first mentions in the Domesday book of 1086. Back then and still now it has supported farming communities since that time. Lying in the valley of the River Frome, the soil and aspect of the region around Yarkhill make it well-suited for growing grapes for wine. The Furnace Projects vineyard has vines dating back to the 80s with a mixture of Bacchus, Phoenix, Pinot Noir, Regent, Rondo, and Seyval Blanc vines. Beth works in partnership with the neighbouring (and well renowned) Three Choirs vineyard to help with the pressing of the grapes and help with vinification to a finished product.
Location: Herefordshire, UK
Working with us since: 2018
Our pick of the best wine from this producer: Chiff Chaff Red
Interesting fact: Yarkhill, where the vineyard is located, has a mini microclimate. It’s situated in a valley which provides a mix of warmth, airflow, south facing sunlight.