Bishopston Resident’s Dunleavy Vineyards has triple announcement


Bristol and Somerset based Dunleavy Vineyards have a triple announcement: the release of their new wine, an exciting collaboration with a world-famous artist and the start of vineyard tour bookings!


Dunleavy are about to release their third Pinot noir rosé wine. Their previous releases have won two ‘Best Local Wine’ awards at the Bristol Good Food Awards as well as bronze medals at the International Wine Challenge. They are hoping that their new 2015 wine will go on to similar acclaim. It will be sold direct from their website as well as from some of the finest restaurants in Bristol including Bellita in Cotham, POCO and Flow in Stokes Croft and The Primrose Café in Clifton. The wine is also available at The Somerset Flower Farm in North Somerset near where the vineyard is based.


Their collaboration with world-famous artist Chris Riddell came about through a chance book choice for vineyard owner Ingrid’s local book club. ‘We were reading a book called The Sleeper and the Spindle for the book club in my street and I was so taken with Chris’s illustrations that I sent him an email the next day. I pinged the email off as I was standing in a cold field pruning vines and couldn’t believe it when he replied to say ‘yes’ that ‘he’d love to do some artwork for a wine label!’


‘Chris sent through some sketches and we combined them with our existing logo to create something really fun for the new wine. We weren’t sure what Chris would draw for us but loved his idea of creating a Pinot noir dryad – the spirit of a tree or plant.’


Chris is currently the Children’s Laureate and is an award-winning writer and illustrator of books. He is best known for the Edge Chroniclesand illustrates many of the books by author Neil Gaiman. He is also the political cartoonist for the Observer newspaper.


As well as all this, Dunleavy are excited to announce that they are having an Open Day in conjunction with their neighbour the Somerset Flower Farm and Café near Wrington in Somerset on 29th May. The event celebrates English Wine Week as well as the Chelsea Fringe events happening around Bristol. Visitors can come and meet the people behind the vineyard and flower farm, see the vines that produce the award winning Dunleavy wine and then relax in the Somerset Flower Farm café. Booking is required as places are limited so please if interested.


The open day is on 29th May and marks the start of an exciting new phase for the vineyard that is now able to offer group visits by appointment. For more information on future tours or visiting please visit

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