Mandy Parker and Ingrid Bates from Dunleavy Vineyard at the Garden Cafe
Mandy Parker and Ingrid Bates from Dunleavy Vineyard at the Garden Cafe

English wine week marks new venture for Somerset vineyard

A North Somerset vineyard is celebrating English wine week (28 May – 5 June) by releasing a new wine and starting tours of the vines.

Dunleavy vineyard is having an open day on Sunday 29 May.  People can view the vineyard, taste the wine and learn about English wines.

Ingrid Bates, founder of Dunleavy has plans for her award-winning wine which is grown on Nates Lane, Wrington, south of Bristol Airport.  The label for her 2015 wine, launched this week at Wrington’s Garden Cafe on Tuesday 24 May features artwork by the celebrated children’s author and illustrator Chris Riddell.

Garden Cafe at Somerset Flower Farm
Garden Cafe at Somerset Flower Farm

Dunleavy wines is next to the Somerset Flower Farm and Garden Café.  Ingrid has worked closely with Mandy Parker, founder of the Somerset Flower Farm to develop the tours.  Mandy has a florist, gift shop and café open on the farm.  Two artists have opened studios next to the café and visitors are welcome to and browse the artists’ work.

View Amy Shiner's vibrant art at her studio next to The Garden Cafe
View Amy Shiner’s vibrant art at her studio next to The Garden Cafe

The two women hope that this scheme will put their businesses on the map, and they have big plans for 2016.

Ingrid explained; “All this is possible because we have just got a license to sell my wine from the café and offer tastings with the vineyard tours.  As well as the vineyard tours, I plan to produce my first sparkling wine this year.”

Mandy said: “We hope to become a destination for people who want gifts, or a meal, and look around the artist’s studios.  I’d like to develop the Garden Café into a venue for occasional evening events.”

“This is such a beautiful location and being able to sell Dunleavy wine here means that most of the café’s food and drink is sourced on the farm.  We grow as much of our flowers here as we can.  The salads and produce we sell in the Garden Café are either grown here or from local producers.”

The vineyard, which was planted in 2008, grows Pinot Noir and Seyval grapes.  Ingrid’s rosé has won several awards, and she was shortlisted for Young Grower of the Year.

Dunleavy's Pinot Noir grapes
Dunleavy’s Pinot Noir grapes

Booking is essential for the open day on Sunday 29 May.  Email to book or for more details on tours visit

Read our recent wine feature to find out more about wines grown in Somerset.