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The Daily Telegraph

Published:  23 July, 2008

The wines of Yorkshire have been winning medals and SARAH TODD speaks to one of the northern entrepreneurs. George Bowden bought a south-facing patch of land, within Leeds' city boundaries in 1985 and turned it into Leventhorpe Vineyard. Since then, Todd reports that he has progressed in leaps and bounds', as well as setting something of a trend, with three other Yorkshire vineyards now in existence'. The sparkling wine has caught the imagination most', she continues, but overall, the wine has won too many medals to be a novelty'. Todd particularly likes 2004 Leventhorpe Madeleine Angevine (7; Leventhorpe Vineyard). Another English classic is 2003 Chapel Down Pinot Noir, Kent (12.99; Chapel Down Winery).