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Yearlstone in the Press and Media

Dec 2014: Roger's 'December Newsletter' article for the Mole Valley Farmers(PDF).

Mar 2014: Roger's 'Country Comment' column for the Mid Devon Gazette (PDF).

Feb 2014: Roger's 'Country Comment' column for the Mid Devon Gazette (PDF)

Jan 2014: Roger's 'Country Comment' column for the Mid Devon Gazette (PDF)

Oct 2013: Roger's 'Country Comment' column for the Mid Devon Gazette (PDF)

Sep 2013: Roger's September 2013 Newsletter (PDF).

Feb 2013: Roger's 'Country Comment' column for the Mid Devon Gazette (PDF)

Jan 2013: Roger's 'Country Comment' column for the Mid Devon Gazette (PDF)

Jan 2013: Roger's Spring 2013 Wine column for Exmoor Magazine (PDF)

Sept 2012: Roger's Winter 2012 Wine column for Exmoor Magazine (PDF)

Roger was recently asked to write a wine column for Exmoor Magazine. Click the link in the title to see a PDF of Roger's winter 2012 article.

Sep 2012: Roger's autumn 2012 Newsletter (PDF).

Sept 2012: Roger's Mid Devon Gazette 'Country Comment' Column (PDF)

..containing musings on the worst wine summer for many years.

Jun 2012: Mid Devon Gazette 'Country Comment' Column (PDF)

..containing musings on supermarkets stocking English wine and on the Devon Wine Week.

May 2012: Mid Devon Gazette 'Country Comment' Column for April (PDF)

..containing musings on wine tasting events, the Devon Wine Week and the Deli Shack Café.

Mar 2012: Mid Devon Gazette 'Country Comment' Column for March (PDF)

..containing musings on the Budget as it relates to winemaking.

Mar 2012: Roger writes first Wine column for Exmoor Magazine (PDF)

Roger has just been asked to write a Wine column for Exmoor Magazine, his first article (click the link above) is titled Wine and Fish - a match made in Devon.

Feb 2012: Vinum reviews Yearlstone and the English Riviera

After the good reviews for our Vintage Brut in the top French wine magazine, we are thrilled to get a nice write up in Vinum - the main German-language wine magazine, whose 85,000 readership (in German and French editions) can learn that..

"In Devon and Cornwall notable still wines are being made by unconventional winegrowers and talented winemakers..."

In it's latest edition (February 2012) wine writer Eva Dulligen explores - as the Vinum headline puts it:

"The English Riviera, a coast warmed by the Gulf stream, Devon is a place where the siesta mood mixes with Anglo-Saxon culture.. from this picturebook area in south Devon come many characterful cheeses but also impressive wines in white, pink & red."

In a double page glossy spread - which will hopefully attract German-speaking wine lovers to the South West vineyards - Eva begins at Yearlstone, and then tours Pebblebed, Sharpham and Camel Valley. Escaping the clutches of our over-friendly German Shepherd/collie cross Timmy, she chooses as her favourite our Number 2 dry white wine:

"Straw yellow in colour. Scent of white fleshed stone fruit, and on the palate peach accents and smoky nuances (from the Limousin oak barrels) and crisp acidity"..

Here's the Vinum article in full (PDF) - hope your German is up to it!

Jan 2012: Yearlstone Fizz gets excellent review in La revue du vin de France

La revue du vin de France have just published the results of a tasting of English sparkling wines. We are delighted that they described our Yearlstone 2006 Fizz as - if my French is up to it - "Crisp and lively, this pure Seyval Blanc gets its character from floral & leafy aromas. Fresh and fruity, not lacking personality. Here is a beautiful English identity and good value for money."

Of the 18 sparkling English wines they evaluated, Yearlstone Fizz came joint 4th, with a rating of 14/20 (shared with several other sparkling wines, all of which are considerably more expensive than ours!).

In the original French, they say: "Yearlstone Vintage Brut 2006 Droit et incisif, ce pur seyval blanc tient son originalité dans ses arômes floraux de chevrefeuille aériens et fins. Un jus de fruit flatteur et frais qui ne manque pas de personnalité. Voilà une belle identité britannique et un bon rapport qualité/prix. Note : 14/20 18,70 euros."

Here's the full story.

Jan 2012: Mid Devon Gazette 'Country Comment' Column for January 2012 (PDF)

Dec 2011: Yearlstone Wine in Tatler's favourite restaurant: Wiltons of Jermyn St

Tatler magazine recently reviewed Wiltons of Jermyn St, saying If we could eat at only one restaurant for the rest of our lives, it would be Wiltons. Of course, we would need very deep pockets because it has never been exactly given away. But hey, you get what you pay for: gull's eggs, the finest langoustines, Dover sole, grouse with all the trimmings, sherry trifle. The hugely experienced and respected Andrew Turner is wearing the whites and GM James Grant runs the show with extraordinary attentions to detail. Tory grandees, heads of state, the odd actor and teenagers on a half-term treat are all served equally at this fine old aristo that has a highly developed sense of noblesse oblige.

The Tatler review goes on to describe Wiltons current pre-theatre menu, which ends with: British wine suggestion: Number 2 Yearlstone's 2010 Bickleigh, Devon "Very pale lemon-green, English garden, very floral and perfumed. Lovely fresh acidity, fair balance and length"

Nov 2011: Vintage Report

Here's Yearlstone's 2011 Vintage Report (PDF).

May 2011: Round-up

BBC Cornwall interviewed Roger for the following news item on the BBC website: Warm April boosts hopes for Devon and Cornwall wineries.

BBC Spotlight regional TV news filmed an interview with Roger a few days ago, will be released on YouTube soon.

Roger's May 2011 'Country Comment' column in the Mid Devon Gazette is here.

October 2010 Newsletter

Here's Roger's October 2010 Newsletter (PDF). Email him if you'd like to receive it regularly..

October 2010 Vintage Report

Here's Yearlstone's 2010 Vintage Report (PDF) on all the grapes they're processing from all 16 vineyards.

October 2010 Country Comment column (Mid Devon Gazette)

Here's Roger's October 2010 Country Comment (PDF) monthly column on life at the vineyard for Mid Devon Gazette.

September 2010 Country Comment column (Mid Devon Gazette)

Here's Roger's September 2010 Country Comment (PDF) monthly column on life at the vineyard for Mid Devon Gazette.

August 2010 Country Comment column (Mid Devon Gazette)

Here's Roger's August 2010 Country Comment (PDF) monthly column on life at the vineyard for Mid Devon Gazette.

Autumn 2010 Newsletter

Here's Roger's Autumn 2010 Newsletter (PDF). Email him if you'd like to receive it regularly..

July 2010 Country Comment column (Mid Devon Gazette)

Here's Roger's July 2010 Country Comment (PDF). monthly column on life at the vineyard for Mid Devon Gazette.

June 2010 Country Comment column (Mid Devon Gazette)

Here's Roger's June 2010 Country Comment (PDF). monthly column on life at the vineyard for Mid Devon Gazette.

May 2010 Country Comment column (Mid Devon Gazette)

Here's Roger's May 2010 Country Comment (PDF). monthly column on life at the vineyard for Mid Devon Gazette.

Oct 2009: More Yearlstone Courses in 2010

Yearlstone will again be running the following two courses in summer 2010 for those wanting to take part in England's wine boom. Contact info@yearlstone.co.uk for details but after the 09 harvest please!
  • How to Make a Living from a Vineyard
  • Setting up your own Winery
If you are interested in further details e-mail: info@yearlstone.co.uk Places are restricted to 12 on each course.

Oct 2009: Roger starts writing regular monthly column in Mid Devon Gazette

Roger White has started a regular monthly column on life at the vineyard for: Mid Devon Gazette series. Here's the First column from October 13 2009.

Sept 2009: Yearlstone to Feature in New Book on Devon food

Yearlstone will feature in a new book on Devon food producers written by Western Morning News' Carol Trewin - photos by Adam Wolfit.

Sept 2009: Yearlstone mentioned in DECANTER wine magazine article

Here's the text of Decanter article mentioning Roger and Yearlstone, you can find the whole article here.

September 29, 2009
Maggie Rosen

The UK wine industry is to receive £1.6m to address the lack of winemakers trained to deal with the unpredictable British weather and terroir conditions. The money - a combination of European Commission grant and matching UK government funds - will be administered by Sussex-based Plumpton College. 

'A lot of our wine students end up working for wineries overseas,' said Chris Foss, Plumpton's head of wine studies.  'We have never found a cost-effective way to deliver education to those already working in wine here because they are so spread out - from Yorkshire to Land's End.' 

The bulk of funding will subsidise course fees for a programme that is currently in development - over the next five years. 

'We will be able to bring the courses to those working on the ground, and address the specifics of winemaking here. If someone in Devon calls and says "we have trouble with our malolactic fermentation", we can send an expert to teach them how to handle this,' said Foss. 

Lack of knowledge about local terroir is not the only issue facing the industry, say local winemakers like Roger White of Yearlstone Vineyard in Devon. 

'No doubt the industry could benefit from extra training,' said White, who last year offered his own one-day practical workshops in the business aspects of winemaking and vineyard management.  'But the major problem is, for such a tiny industry, we are disproportionately taxed and regulated - duty is now £2 per bottle payable up front. It would make a much bigger impact on those wanting to set up a winery if we were offered something like a 10,000 litre duty-free allowance.' 

July 2008: Yearlstone in English Wine of the Year 2008

In what was described as one of the toughest competitions for a long time, Yearlstone-made wines won 8 out of 52 medals awarded for wines from last year's grapes (2007).

The haul included two silvers and six bronzes. All wines entered got at least a commendation from a panel of Masters of Wine led by Patricia Stefanowicz. Yearlstone's silver medal winners were the 2007 rosé and the barrel aged dry white Number 6 2007.

"To win over 15% of the medals for the 2007 vintage is incredible" said Roger White. The results reinforced the accolade of "England's fastest improving vineyard" in the 2008 Wine Report.

Yearlstone continues to invest heavily in its winery - with 10,000 litres of temperature controlled stainless steel variable capacity tanks due from Italy shortly.

Late June 2008: Mark Hix visits Yearlstone

The well-known food writer Mark Hix (of the Independent) visited Yearlstone vineyard in late June with some friends, and was inspired to write an article in the Independent on Sunday entitled Yearlstone and raspberry jelly, in which he uses our Fizz and local raspberries to make a lovely jelly.

Describing our Fizz, he says: we were most impressed with the 2006 sparkling brut, which would sit happily alongside other international sparkling wines that I've tasted - including some of the great prosceccos.

June 2008: South-West England Catching North-East France

Yearlstone's Vintage Brut English sparkling wines ran a close second to some of the most famous names in Champagne - in a contest held to mark Devon Wine Week 2008. Look here for the full press release.

Feb 2008: Roger's Weekly Vineyard Diary in "Western Morning News"

Starting on Saturday Roger's starting doing a diary for the Western Morning News on the vineyard year. It will be in the Food section of the Weekend paper - here's Roger's first item: Had our first meeting for Devon Wine Week which begins on May 24. I counted 24 Devon vineyards now. Seems we won't get any sponsorship from DEFRA this year - local food lost out it seems to climate change on their priority list. Funny - I would have thought they might have been connected...However Yearlstone records since 1976 show no evidence of any climate change in earlier ripening dates at all.

Dec 2007: Roger's Christmas Wine Guide in "Devon Today"

Roger was asked to do a Christmas Wine Guide for Devon Today; here's a scan of the full wine guide... enjoy! The article begins: "Devon's reputation for fine wine is growing. In fact you may be surprised by how favourably its wines compare with wines from France and Australia. Devon's oldest vineyard is Yearlstone, located 200 feet above sea level"..

Dec 2007: Western Morning News - the Bright Lights of Home (review of Devon wines) by Susy Atkins

In December, the Western Morning News featured a review entitled "The Bright Lights of Home", by Susy Atkins, the wine adviser to Richard & Judy, all about Devon wine.

She says: "the winemakers who work with the fruit are now highly qualified and own the same modern equipment used in wineries throughout the great regions of the world" and adds that "many local wineries, such as Yearlstone, Sharpham [etc] are producing attractive dry whites". Our Yearlstone No 1 is one of four "Try These" recommendations, described as "Lemony and fresh, with an appley nose and mineral crispness. Fans of sauvignon blanc should enjoy this".

Nov 2007: Devon Life - review of the Cadeleigh Arms, featuring our wine

In November, Devon Life printed an excellent review of the Cadeleigh Arms restaurant, run by Elspeth Burrage and Jane Dreyer, which said that the delicious food was "perfectly accompanied by the lovely Yearlstone No 2 white wine from a vineyard in Bickleigh, a mile away". Congratulations to Elspeth and Jane for an excellent review!

Sept 2007: Yearlstone Fizz gets rave reviews from BBC Countryfile with Oz Clarke

The BBC's Countryfile team recently brought TV personality Oz Clarke along to sample Yearlstone's sparkling wine - Vintage Brut 2004. The programme aired on BBC 1 on August 30th.

"More like Champagne than champagne itself" was Oz's message - as he waxed lyrical over the quality of a bottle of fizz during the filming of the Countryfile feature on the new Devon Wine Trail. "This is absolutely fantastic fizz" he announced as his fellow presenter Lotte Duncan cracked open our bubbly on the Yearlstone viewing area on a lovely summer's day. Back at the studio, the rest of the Countryfile team sampled the fizz again, and all three of them loved it!

Oz was also impressed by Yearlstone's rosé (Number 3) which the TV crew had sampled as Wine of the Month at their hotel - the Best Western in Tiverton - the night before, and by the Number 1 and Number 5 dry whites.

Our new 2006 fizz will be ready just before Christmas, priced at £14.50 - and we've sampled it already and reckon it's even better than the fizz Oz and Lotte tasted in June! We can take phone orders, please give us a call if you're interested!

June 2007 - The Decanter's article on New Zealand vs Devon wines

In June 2007, the first Devon vs New Zealand Wine Competition was held at the Devon Wine School in Cheriton Fitzpaine Devon. Devon wines put in a respectable showing against some of the world's best wines - selected and put forward by New Zealand marketers and importers. Yearlstone's Sparkling Vintage Brut led the Devon charge - rated as highly as New Zealand's Montana Chardonnay/Pinot Noir fizz - both were awarded a bronze medal.

Here's the respected wine magazine The Decanter's writeup of the competition by Dominic Rippon.

Nov 2006 - Yearlstone featured in "the Great British Summer" on BBC1

Yearlstone's preparations for the 2006 grape harvest were featured on November 26th on prime time BBC1 television at 8pm, in the final episode of the Great British Summer presented by the indefatigable Alan Titchmarsh. Approximately 15 minutes of the hour long programme were dedicated to Yearlstone! Viewers were treated to a fine display of Juliet and Roger obsessively worrying about sugar content in their grapes, performing the essential hundred-berry test, and deciding exactly when to start picking - and who's available at very short notice.

Please get in touch

If anyone from the press and media would like to write about Yearlstone, or film at Yearlstone, please get in touch and have a chat with us. We'll be happy to help!