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 decided to plant a vineyard in the early 1980’s. 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 true sense of place.
How we found them/How Richard found them: Beth was introduced to us by a friend in the industry, to help getting her great wines out to the people! Tasting through the range, we thought the wines were really expressive of a different part of England, 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 1086’s Domesday book and that to this day supports local farming communities. 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 the Bacchus, Phoenix, Pinot Noir, Regent, Rondo, and Seyval Blanc varieties. Beth works in partnership with the neighbouring (and well-renowned) Three Choirs with whom she collaborates in processing the grapes and completing vinification.
Location: Herefordshire, UK
Working with us since: 2018
Our pick of the best wine from this producer: Chiff Chaff Red
Interesting fact: Situated in a valley that provides a mix of warmth, airflow and south facing sunlight, Yarkhill, where the vineyard is located, has a mini microclimate ideal for vine growth.