On The Grape Vine
Here's what some nice people have been saying about us on the
Urban Grape Vine. (We didn't have to bribe a single one of them either!)
Josh Coe – Tooting, SW London
Josh lives in Tooting Bec and inherited his first vine over four years ago when he moved house and found one growing in his garden. Josh is a keen gardener, though says it is hard to find space in London in which to do much real growing. However, he does manage to find some great open spaces in Tooting Bec, as well as a great sense of community.
"The person we bought our flat from in Tooting was a wine merchant, so I guess he knew something about grapes. We got another three from my Dad who makes his own wine too, so I guess I inherited a love of grape growing in several ways.
"My wife found out about The Urban Wine Co. through @abouttooting on Twitter. We took part in our first harvest this year. Unfortunately our grapes were ripe early, but we didn't want to miss the harvest fun, so we froze them! The Urban Wine Co. were very welcoming and accepted our frozen grapes without question. So our only obstacle now is keeping the birds off the fruit.
"Looking after the vines has given me a great deal of pleasure, and even more so being part of the Urban Wine Co. It is wonderful to be part of something in our community and it's also a great way to meet new people. Having wine at the end of it all is a great incentive to get involved!"
Agnes Troszt – King's Cross, N London
Agnes is based in King's Cross with Alara Wholefoods, a company producing organic and gluten free cereals along with vegan super-foods. Agnes and the Alara team have been active members of the Urban Wine Co. since 2009, when they planted their first vines.
"We decided to plant Rondo Red and Solaris White vines. As a company we cherish organic and more importantly, local food. The Urban Wine Company emphasises the importance of living green and we felt that becoming members would be a great next step in our green mission!
"I enjoy every bit of growing the grapes, even carrying the compost! - but especially drinking the great wine the Urban Wine Co. facilitates. Such initiatives are great and are definitely needed to raise awareness of the importance of food growing. They have a great community building power.
"Recently, starlings have been our biggest challenge. They seem to find their way through the netting I put up and eat all of the grapes. The Urban Wine team have been great at recommending netting companies to buy from to help protect our vines.
"When we are not nurturing our wines, we work in our permaculture garden just behind our factory. Here we enjoy green areas as much as we can. King's Cross recently became a vibrant and lively area thanks to development. There have been many cultural and urban changes. Now we really enjoy at being at the centre of all of these events and activities."