£14.45 – £28.30

EAGE London: Geology of Wine Tour in Dorking

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Denbies Wine Estate Ltd

London Road

Dorking

RH5 6AA

United Kingdom

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Surrey, in general, and Dorking in particular, has a long association with wine. Several vineyards flourished in the county during the Little Ice Age of the 17th and 18th centuries, notably at Painshill Park, Albury and Deepdene. In the last century vineyards were planted near Dorking at Thorncroft and Denbies. Denbies covers some 104 hectares (260 acres) and is believed to be the largest vineyard in Europe. It is planted with 19 different cultivars, and produces a range of red, white and sparkling wines. It was established on the recommendation of a notorious local geologist, who, applying the French concept of ‘terroir’ recognised the favourable combination of topography and geology, coupled with the beneficial effects of global warming. The Cretaceous chalk, on which Denbies is largely planted, crops out in the Champagne area of France, and is noted for its dual pore system of fractures and inter-coccolithic shelter porosity. The fractures ensure that the vines are always well-drained, but in the dry season they may obtain moisture from the micro-porosity between the fractures.
South to North cross-section through northern Surrey showing the location of vineyards,


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10.45 Assemble at Denbies winery one mile north of Dorking on the A24 (TQ163511). The winery is reached from a roundabout with a brown tourist sign. Full details of location are on www.denbiesvineyard.co.uk. Denbies winery can be reached by train from St Albans on Thames Link in about 2 hours & one change to Dorking Station. Denbies winery is an invigorating 15 minute walk away, or 5 minutes by taxi (Taxi rank in station fore-court).


11.00-11.50 Lecture by Dick Selley in the Ranmore Suite: ‘Geological & Climatic control on two millennia of English viticulture’.


12:00 – 12:50 Classic winery tour. This begins with a the showing of a film (New for 2016) featuring a notorious local geologist pontificating on how geology controls the location of Denbies, the deposition of the Chalk, updoming & erosion of the Weald, etc., etc.. This is followed by a stroll through the winery before descending into the cellars for a tutored tasting of 3 different wines.

13:00 Time for lunch at Atrim restaurant (OPTIONAL, not included in the price of the ticket!!)

15:00 – onwards Vineyard Tour (OPTIONAL, not included in the price of the ticket!!). This is a ride in a series of trailer carriages towed by a Landrover that climbs up through the vineyard and along part of the North Downs Way,providing spectacular views of Box Hill, the North Downs Mole Valley and the Weald. Opportunity to buy wine and a diverse range of other items in the winery shop. Depart convivially into the bucolic Surrey countryside...

For location and more information about the Wineyard check https://www.denbies.co.uk

***PLEASE, NOTE THAT TICKET SALES WILL END UP ON 11TH JULY AT MIDNIGHT***

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RH5 6AA

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