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Laithwaites plants UK's smallest producing vineyard

Published:  10 August, 2011

Laithwaites Wine has planted what it claims is the smallest producing vineyard in the UK, which will be entirely looked after by staff.

Based at Laithwaites' GDC warehouse in Gloucestershire, the vineyard will be producing a Chardonnay under the name Hurricane Ridge.

The label has been designed by a staff member and the name was the majority vote winner, chosen by staff from 88 entries.

Hurricane Ridge will be sold through Laithwaites and ready for release in around three years time. It is anticipated that the vineyard will produce 80-100 bottles in its first run.

GDC spokesperson Guy Watson said: "We decided to grow our own vines to give the staff at GDC a chance to grow, ferment, label and bottle their own wine on the property.

"There has been a lot of community involvement so far and we have used the vineyard on our customer courses too."