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The First and Only Vineyard

in Lewisham, South East London

 

 

Organic Hand Crafted Wines of Lewisham

 

 

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My New Book

 

 

The Urban Vineyard

The Urban Vineyard

 

By Paul Olding

 

 

 

A guide to growing grapes in your

garden or on an allotment and

making your own great tasting wine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Birth of the Urban Vineyard

 

As lovers of English Wine, for some time Paul Olding haboured ambitions to establish a grand vineyard in Kent or East Sussex. He still has such ambitions (and things are afoot), but he thought he’d better learn how to walk before he ran. So he decided to set up a small vineyard just near his house, right in the heart of the borough of Lewisham, southeast London.

 

You can now read all about how, with the help of his family, amateur vintner and vigneron Paul Olding set up his Urban Vineyard in his new book called,

wait for it, The Urban Vineyard.

 

Paul’s Urban Vineyard measures just 0.01hectares and is based on the St Mildred’s Road Allotments, just off the South Circular in SE12. As with all things wine, he thought he’d give his venture quite a grand sounding name. As Andrea (Mrs Olding the younger) was born within the sound of Bow Bells, we felt an East End homage was appropriate and so with tongue in cheek, called ourselves Olding Manor.

 

When we started out, Olding Manor originally produced vintages using imported grape juice, sourced from as far a field as France, Spain, California and Australia. But then in 2007 saw the first run of bottles made entirely from scratch, with grapes kindly donated from a nearby grower.

 

With the establishment of the Urban Vineyard, 2009 saw the first home grown organic hand made Olding Manor vintage, with a full run of Estate produced wine, from three hybrid varietals imported from Germany. Two whites (Phoenix and Orion) and a red (Regent). No chemicals are used in the growing of the grapes, and everything is done by hand (and foot).

 

2011 saw the vineyard reaching full production, producing around 120 bottles.

 

We are now expanding into a commercial enterprise with Wildwood Vineyard, a smallholding vineyard located in East Sussex. If you’d like to know more

then please get in touch.

 

 

 

 

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Recent NEWS

 

Paul appeared on ITV London 6pm News

12th March and watched by over 4 million viewers

 

OldingManor featured on Australia’s The Science Show

 

Interviewed by online Wine blog UkVine (2012)

 

Anti Tree felling campaign on land behind our vineyard (2012)

 

OldingManor on the SEVA banner at the

English Wine Producers Tasting 3rd May 2012

 

 

Appeared in Greenwich Meridian magazine (2010)

 

OldingManor in the NewsShopper (2010)

 

 

8 year old Huw Olding completed his debut documentary film

about how we make our Red wine at OldingManor (watch the film below)

 

Huw Olding in the news

 

Huw’s wine film is shortlisted for the under 15 category for

Cinemagic Young Filmmaker award held in Belfast in December 2011 and the Young Filmmaker’s Competition at the Lancaster Children’s Film Festival

 

 

 

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Recent ACTIVITIES

 

Harvest 2012

 

2013 and 2014 - coming soon

 

 

 

 

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The Story So Far…

2007-2012

 

 

 

 

Books

 

Making Wine

 

English Wine

 

Links

 

 

 

 

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CONTACT

 

 

 

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