Welcome to Vines for Wines

This amateur vine growing and wine making site is:

  • A source of grape vines that are suitable for growing in the UK.
  • A source of trellis materials that I have found work well.
  • A source of useful hints and tips for the new grower and winemaker.
  • A forum where growers and winemakers can exchange views and information.

Although primarily intended for amateur vine growers and wine makers, professionals in viticulture and oenology are welcome too!

New visitors are invited to read how the Vines for Wines site is organised.

If you are new to vines and wine making, you may want to start with the first of the Learn Pages, Choice of grape ... or choose a page from the menu on the right.

If you just want to buy vines or trellis materials you can go straight to the Shop

Latest News and Updates

Shop Notice

Vine sales for planting winter 20013/2014 have now ceased but trellis sales continues.

Vine sales for next winter planting will resume in May.

Shop Notice

A new shop page has been added for the sale of some equipment items that are surplus to requirements.

These are one-offs, i.e. when they are gone they have gone and will not be repeated.

Wine Calculator Update

A minor error in the temperature adjustment has been corrected in WineCalc. If you already have it, please change for this later version.

Data Logger

Thanks to a generous father’s day gift of a miniature data logger, I will be monitoring the temperature and relative humidity on an hourly basis. The data will be published on this site (hopefully on a monthly basis) but definitely at the end of the growing season.

As the data logger is just a good stone’s throw from the RHS at Wisley it can be regarded as supplemental data and aggregated with any data from there.

Please note that the instrument has not been calibrated and is not in a British Standard meteorology cabinet so the accuracy is not guaranteed but the ups and downs will certainly be relevant.

Jacob’s Creek Competition

You may have seen a competition run by Jacob’s Creek in some recent publications.

The competition winners will be given a Valentine’s gift set which includes a bottle of Jacob’s Creek Sparkling Rose, a wine guide (”The View From Our Place”) and a Seyval Blanc vine supplied by Vines For Wines and neatly presented in a red, Valentine’s Day tube.

If you have just won one and are new to growing vines, you may find some of the learn pages on this site are useful.

Most Northerly Vine/Vineyard

A question that I have been asked on a number of occasions is:

“Will vines grow as far north as ….”

The gist of my reply is along the lines:

The most northerly commercial vineyard listed on the English Wine Producers website is Mount Pleasant, Bolton Le Sands, Camforth, Lancs. LA5 8AD. There is also one listed at Bullerthorpe Lane , Woodlesford, Leeds , West Yorkshire LS26 8AF.

I have heard of vines in Scotland.

So there is certainly some evidence and optimism in the region, but much will depend on the site - if it is a north facing, wet frost pocket I would not be too optimistic; but on a south facing sun trap, who knows…

If you think you have the most notherly outdoor vine in the UK let us know - you will be awarded the Virtual Thule Trophy.