Old Walls Vineyard

The Romans started growing grapes here nearly 2,000 years ago, and the surrounding area is steeped in history, the vineyard being named for the nearby ruined Bishops Palace, the remains of which are referred to locally as the ‘old walls’. Old Walls produces four types of wine, white, red, rose and sparkling, and grows a wide variety of grapes, the white wines are made from Reichensteiner, Bacchus and Auxerrios, while the reds come from Regent, Rondo, Dunkenfelder and an early Pinot Noir. The winery has a very new world feel to it, complete with shining stainless steel tanks, and is capable of turning out around 27,000 bottles of wine a year. The vineyard also has a lovely tea room with a covered outside eating area overlooking the spectacular countryside and is one of our favourite lunch time stops. As well as their range of grape based wines, Old Walls also produce an excellent Elderberry Wine, Father John’s, named after one of the bishops from the nearby palace.