Vineyard's success

SCORES of visitors celebrated Devon Wine Week by taking a look around Budleigh Salterton's Lily Farm vineyard.

SCORES of visitors celebrated Devon Wine Week by taking a look around Budleigh Salterton's Lily Farm vineyard.Owners Alan and Faye Pratt, both 55, on Saturday threw open their Dalditch Lane vineyard gates and invited the public in to see and sample the fruits of their labours.The couple, who started the vineyard in 2005, showcased their red table wine to coincide with Devon Wine Week - which is part of English Wine Week.The open day event, where the couple gave five guided tours around the vineyard, raised �120 for Hospiscare.The public was given the chance to snap up 200 bottles of the first vintage - which was given the thumbs-up by a professional wine taster.Mr Pratt said: "People were saying it was nice to see a vineyard in Budleigh Salterton."A wine expert said we had produced a light wine, which would be 'top class' in six months. When a top wine taster heard he had bought some, she said 'it must be good'."Part-time financial advisor Mr Pratt and part-time nurse Mrs Pratt started the vineyard with 200 rondo vines in April 2005.The pair had to wait three years before they could harvest their first crop in September 2007.


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