Art in the Vineyard - Sculpture and Sparkling Wine Sunday
Sunday 3rd June 2018 was a glorious sunny summer afternoon for me, taking up an invitation to visit the High Clandon Vineyard in the beautiful Surrey Hills AONB, to enjoy the sunshine, sculpture garden and a glass or two of the gorgeous Elysium Cuvée Vintage Brut 2013 with Bruce and Sibylla Tindale - and support English Wine Week, the National Gardens Scheme and local charity, Cherry Trees, which offers respite care for children with disabilities.
Winner of the IWC Cellar Door Award 2017, High Clandon’s fabulous Glass Barn tasting venue was the starting point for the display of spectacular art and sculpture set against a backdrop of English wild flower meadows leading down to the Vineyard. The Elysium Cuvée was on offer by the glass to further enhance the experience - for drivers, and those in need of something softer, an outdoor tea shop was staffed by Cherry Trees’ volunteers.
It was one of those days when you wished money was no object. At the end of the first hour I had mentally “purchased” several thousands of pounds worth of art and sculpture, in addition to several cases and all remaining magnums of High Clandon’s superb English Sparkling wines. In reality I simply resigned myself to admiring from afar and treated myself to another glass of the irresistible Elysium Cuvée 2013.
If the Glass Barn is closed during your visit to the Surrey Hills, High Clandon’s multi-Award-winning English Sparkling Wines are also available locally at Cellar Wines, Ripley and Inn at Home, Guildford.
High Clandon Estate Vineyard, Guildford GU4 7RP; 01483 225660; www.highclandon.co.uk