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Dedham Vale Vineyard

On Wednesday 14th June a group of 40 visited Dedham Vale Vineyard. Lying on the edge of Stour Valley, the vineyard grows and produces seven styles of award winning English wine and Carter's Cider. After the vineyard we visited the Tiptree Jam Museum where cream teas beckoned!

Read Janice Blakebrough's review of the day below:-

"Having excellent weather was half the battle won before we started our day out at Dedham Vale Vineyard and Tiptree Jam Museum. We all boarded the coach at RVH for the trip on what the coach driver himself called a mystery tour: he had only found out the previous evening where his destination would be and had no time to prepare. Thanks however to smart phones and Google Maps we arrived in time and intact.

The first order of the vineyard visit was to have a brew, a chat and a wander round outside the café area: a beautiful setting.

The arrival Lake view Outside the winery

Soon we were ready for the tour which took us through the vines and an explanation of Mary Mudd, who started the vineyard: her preparation for growing the different vines, the hazards of cultivation and the making of the wine.

Learning about the vines The vines ! More vines....

Our host clearly loves the place and kept us interested until we were back at the café for the wine tasting, which was enjoyed by all to varying degrees. This was followed by the delicious lunch they provided, with more wine if wanted and naturally the opportunity to buy any bottles we liked.

Learning more about the Vineyard At last...we sample the wine !!!

From here we went, directly this time, to the Tiptree Jam Museum where there was a shop (of course) where you could buy a great variety of jams, chutneys, teas and associated produce. Their tea room served afternoon tea for anyone still hungry, cream teas or just a drink. Most of us visited the museum itself, if only to sit in the cool for a while, but it does have plenty of interesting facts (and artefacts) about Tiptree through the years, the owners and the evolution of jam jars and equipment.

The Jam Factory Cream Tea anyone ?

The journey home was hot at times but it gave us all a chance to snooze or just catch up on gossip. From what I heard everyone had a great day out: I know I did!"