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|Drinks - Vintage Roots|
Vintage Roots LtdFarley Farms
Tel: 0118 976 1999
Berkshire's Organic and Biodynamic Wine Specialists
What do we mean, ‘organic wine’?
Organic wines are made from grapes which are cultivated without recourse to synthetic fungicides, herbicides or fertilizers.
To produce a quality wine it is imperative that the base product is sound and we believe that organically-grown grapes have a head start because they are not in a cycle of chemical dependency.
Who we are?
Our roots extend back to 1986 when we started our business with the help of 'The Enterprise Allowance Scheme', which gave budding young entrepreneurs the chance of receiving £40 a week (the equivalent of state benefit at the time) for a year, to help launch new businesses.
Three friends Lance, Neil and Peter (who left in 1991) had a wish to work for themselves promoting something they passionately believed in, and could enjoy at the same time - hence organic wine! So with a short list of organic vineyard addresses, a somewhat battered Citroen 2CV and a tent, we set off for France and researched our first wine list which consisted of just twelve wines and was published on a single sheet of A4 paper.
Working from our front room in a terraced house in east Reading with no experience and an empty order book, meant that the early years (about eight!) were very tough and financially very unexciting! However we stuck to our beliefs that organic wines were the way forward and continued to be inspired by the growers we met and other people in the organic industry.
These days there are now twelve of us and our list consists of some three hundred organic wines, dozens of beers along with numerous organic ciders, spirits, liqueurs, juices and even chocolate (well how could we resist?!).
To have a wide range is one thing, but to have a wide range of quality goods is quite another. Every item that appears on our list is tasted at one of our many tastings throughout the year. Drinks are tasted 'blind', amongst many others of their type. In this way, we are not influenced by price, or the 'reputation' of a particular producer. We are simply focused on choosing what we find to be the best.
It's also very important to us that every product is accompanied by appropriate organic certification. In this way you can be absolutely confident that anything you buy from us meets the necessary legal requirement to be called 'organic'.
Creation date : 20/08/2007 @ 20:56
Last update : 01/07/2009 @ 16:46
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