I'm one of a group of wine disciples who walk together each year somewhere in Europe's vineyards, usually in October. The group met twelve years ago in Tuscany and immediately bonded, united in their disappointment at the poor organisation of Winetrails. Over the years, we've now covered all the main wine areas of France, Spain ,Portugal and Italy which we will revisit this October. To keep us topped up we do organise occasional weekend trips which last weekend brought us to Kentchurch Court, a charming stately home in Herefordshire. Sitting in a 5,000 acre estate, including an impressive deer park, the house has been in the Scudamore family for over 1,000years and boasts a room said to have been slept in by legendary Welsh freedom fighter, Owain Glendower.
Jan's cooking was excellent and her dining room provided the perfect backdrop for the tastings, reminding everyone of Chanel 4's Regency House Party, which was filmed in the house, without the period dress in our case.
The walk was led by Jon's wife and local historian, Heather, through the beautiful rolling Herefordshire countryside across the Monnow River into Wales with the Black Montains hovering to the west. Our objective was the community owned Angel Inn at Grosmont which provided an excellent lunch.
Altogether a walk and wine encounter to savour: bring on Tuscany in October.
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