Budleigh woman's mission to drive sales of English wines

PUBLISHED: 09:28 06 June 2016 | UPDATED: 09:28 06 June 2016

Alan and Faye Pratt of Lily Farm Vineyard at Knowle will be raiding funds for the charity Childline during Budleigh Gala Week by offering wine tours and tasting. The week also coincides with English Wine Week. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exb 7628-20-11SH

Alan and Faye Pratt of Lily Farm Vineyard at Knowle will be raiding funds for the charity Childline during Budleigh Gala Week by offering wine tours and tasting. The week also coincides with English Wine Week. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exb 7628-20-11SH

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The co-owner of a Budleigh Salterton vineyard has said an upcoming tasting event is an opportunity for people to sample English wines.

Faye Pratt, of Lily Farm Vineyard, Dalditch Lane, is also the membership secretary for the South West Vineyards Association, which is organising the occasion.

The trade and consumer tasting event, at Exeter Phoenix later this month, is in its second year.

Vineyards such as Budleigh-based Lily Farm will be offering visitors a chance to sample their home-grown wine.

Faye, who runs the business with husband Alan, said that the success of last year’s event at Rendezvous Wine Bar, Exeter, meant they had been forced to move to a larger location.

She said: “After the success of last year and the requests from consumers to attend, we had to make it a ticket event.

“We (Lily Farm) certainly always look forward to any event which promotes English wines because it is a really successful industry.

“Some people don’t realise that English wines are produced, but people in the industry and the supermarkets are stocking English wines now.

“The climate in England is very suitable at the moment to produce wines which have a full fruit flavour.

“As membership secretary, I am delighted to actually be involved in organising the event.”

Lily Farm, which uses grapes grown in Knowle, has been producing English wines for the last nine years and has five harvests for every variety they produce.

The business, which also offers public tours around the vineyard, recently won a certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor.

● The South West Vineyards Association tasting event will take place on Monday, June 20, from 7.30pm. Tickets costing £5 in advance and £6 on the door are available from www.exeterphoenix.org.uk or from www.eventbrite.cco.uk

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