Marlborough is stamping its name on the English wine industry – as plans for a new winery have been approved in nearby Shalbourne.
The winery build has been given the go ahead – replacing existing agricultural buildings at Carvers Hill Farm.
The move will put Wiltshire firmly on the wine making map of the UK.
Currently, the county’s 15 or so vineyards produce grapes which are then shipped out of the county to wineries.
So the Shalbourne development could see home grown grapes pressed and fermented nearer to home.
It is not yet clear if the winery will take in grapes from other vineyards under contract.
Land owners at Carvers Hill planted vines on former grazing land to diversify their farming operations.
The Parish Council formally commented on the planning application, stating that it: “Strongly supports this application which will make a contribution to the economy of the area and is welcome.”
Production of English sparkling wine is expected to double in the next decade.
Wiltshire is primed to benefit from that boom, so much so that savvy farmers are turning their attention to the noble grape.
There are around 15 vineyards in the county now, all optimistic for the future.
Three have banded together to create a Wiltshire Wine Trail to tempt visitors past their gates and in to the tasting rooms.
Paul Langham at a’Becketts in Devizes is leading the charge to connect with tourism marketing to raise the profile of Wiltshire wines. He has ambitious plans to build a visitor centre too, as well as a winery.
The wine trail will run from Bluestone Vineyard at Cholderton, Whitehalls at Lacock and A’Beckett’s in Devizes.