Ive wanted to go to Flint vineyard for a very long time. Its one of 900 or so wineries that now operate up and down the country. It has been widely regarded in the industry as a pioneer of things new. They seem to have the idea for something and it almost becomes the norm soon after. Head of the team is the winemaker Ben. Although i didnt meet him. idid meet Dan, his best friend, and a stalwart of the winery. Dan is known to most in the industry as being passionate and forthwrite about the issues that govern us in the UK wine industry and is was a pleasure to meet him after all this time.
the first thing that greets you is the gentile lane you have to drive down to get the vineyard. All quiet lanes and all very green . turning into the winery you do notice that the winery is in fact on a slope – perfect for vines to flourish. Too flat a vineyard and the vines get lazy and flabby wines ensue. Give them a slope and some rocks and obstacles in the soil and the little pesky things have to struggle to survive. This is a good thing as the best vines survive and the full character of the terrior comes through. What you see at Flint is that there is an abundance of flinty stone everywhere. Obviously where the name come from.
Ben a few years back had a job in IT, hated it and decided to travel the world with an interest. Having just studied a wine degree and. got ‘top student’ he decided to put it into practice and work in Beaujolais with all this new found knowledge and experience all he had to do was go it alone. A chance meeting with a landowner enabled him to start doing what he always wanted. And flint vineyard was born.
as you park up in front of the building that must house the stainless steel tanks ( i wasnt allowed in there as there is some secret stuff going on. Almost akin to harry potter. but to the humble winemaker its probably just geeky stuff. The building rise up around you as what looks like former Farm buildings, which is probably what they were. Down to a little slope and a quaint view of the farmhouse and a smaller building just opposite and you reach the winery shop.
Very well themed out and shows all of Flints wines
THE VENN CLUB AT FLINT VINEYARD
The Venn Club is a special project that was launched in 2016 to bring people closer to Flint Vineyard. The name Venn is related to our logo, a Venn diagram which represents the coming together of wine science and tradition. We are constantly learning how the central overlapping segment of the Venn diagram is developing and this is aided hugely by feedback from Venn Club members.
Central to the focus of the club is the creation of small volumes of hand crafted wines exclusively to members. These are wines that Ben produces using the very best lots of fruit and that reflect the nuances of the particular vintage, using ultra premium techniques. Members get to sample the most innovative techniques and provide their thoughts, which are incorporated back into the winemaking process.
So one thing that flint does is it has a members area where it only releases interesting and slightly different stuff that it currently doesn’t offer to the walk in clients or online. Looking at some of the wines it’s clear both approaches are working well. They have the brand. They have the market the product is top class and they still keep it niche market whilst at the same time have a national or global demand.
A Venn diagram is an illustration that uses circles to show the relationships among things or finite groups of things. Circles that overlap have a commonality while circles that do not overlap do not share those traits.
Venn diagrams help to visually represent the similarities and differences between two concepts. They have long been recognized for their usefulness as educational tools. Since the mid-20th century, Venn diagrams have been used as part of the introductory logic curriculum and in elementary-level educational plans around the world.
- A Venn diagram uses circles that overlap or don’t overlap to show the commonalities and differences among things or groups of things.
- Things that have commonalities are shown as overlapping circles while things that are distinct stand alone.
- Venn diagrams are now used as illustrations in business and in many academic fields.
So now you know.
Reviews of the wines I was able to try will become available. I didn’t get the chance to try the venn wines. But I’m sure they were just as delicious as the ones I did try.
This is a not to be missed vineyard. Open to the public. Very welcoming and fabulous hosting by Dan