Dorset vineyards top plonk to be offered to the world at duty-free airport shops

Dorset Echo: WORLDWIDE WINE: Rebecca Hansford and  Ian Edwards in the vineyard WORLDWIDE WINE: Rebecca Hansford and Ian Edwards in the vineyard

WEST Dorset travellers can take a little bit of home with them when they travel.

Award-winning wine estate Furleigh has introduced one of its new sparkling wines to the World Duty Free shops at Gatwick, Heathrow, Southampton and Jersey airports and the Eurotunnel.

The shops are stocking the estate’s new 2010 release of Blanc de Noirs, a successor to its International Wine Challenge gold medal and trophy winner Classic Cuvee 2009.

Furleigh Estate owner Rebecca Hansford said the wine from the Salway Ash vineyard, which is near Bridport, could be going anywhere around the globe.

She said: “The world is becoming Furleigh Estate’s oyster and we can’t wait for everyone from holidaymakers to frequent business travellers to taste our wine.

“The airport shops are located in the long haul terminals, so our products could potentially be going to the US, Asia and anywhere else that you can fly to from these airports.”

Initial sales of the wine have been excellent.

Furleigh, a former dairy farm, is situated within 85 acres of rolling countryside. A variety of vines are grown on the south-facing slopes of the estate, including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, used to produce their classic quality sparkling wine and Bacchus and Rondo grapes, which produce fine, still wines.

Furleigh Estate is open to the public for tours and tastings every Friday and Saturday. For more information or to book, email info@furleighestate.co.uk or phone 01308 488991.

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