With more and more of you enjoying English wines in recent years, we’ve been keen to bring you wines from our home grown soils. Our Ridgeview range of wines from the South Downs seems to have slipped down nicely since we first introduced it back in 2010 – each of the three elegant sparkling wines has been rated an average of 4.3 or more out of 5 stars by you, our customers.
And with this in mind, we’re delighted to announce that we’re going to be adding to our wine range from UK turf in the coming months. We’ve been working with a winery in Scotland who has been cultivating wines around the Scottish Lochs.
The Loch Wine winery was established 5 years ago after researchers from Aberdeen University discovered the growing potential of vines on the banks of the Lochs. They noted that these areas particularly support the growth of Merlot grapes but that Chardonnay could also have growth potential. Since the winery was launched, vineyards have been planted on the banks of Loch Ness, Loch Lomond and Loch Tay and the vines have flourished.
The new wine range, which has been named “Merloch”, will feature two styles of Merlot – one cultivated from Loch Ness vines and the other from Lock Tay – and will be available on the Virgin Wines website later in the year.
Dave Roberts, Wine Buyer at Virgin Wines said; “We are really excited to have been working with Loch Wines in Scotland to develop a new range. The “Merloch” range will include two offerings made from Merlot – one, perfect for everyday drinking the other ideal for special occasions. Merlot wines from the Scottish Lochs are naturally very light (mainly because it rains all the time and is very rarely sunny!) and easy to drink, making them ideal for an aperitif or light meal. Our range of English wines has been a roaring success and we hope that these haggis flinging, bagpipe singing inspired wines will be as well received when they are launched later in the year!”