Urban Wineries

With the capital’s third urban winery set to open later this year, London is on the verge of an exciting artisanal winemaking revolution.

The notion is simple: wine is made in a city setting using fruit sourced from indigenous – or international – vineyards. Innovations in technology and logistics have meant that grapes can be transported relatively quickly from rural vineyards to a production site many miles away, and remain in excellent condition.

The idea took off in the USA in the early millennium with Seattle-based winemakers creating wine from Washington State grapes. Americans fell in love with the concept and city wineries began to spring up all over with a huge scene developing in San Francisco, as well as Portland, Oregon. Now, many of the world’s major urban hubs boast a city-dwelling winery including Paris, New York, Stockholm, Sydney and Hong Kong.

With the term’s recent inclusion in wine lover’s bible ‘The Oxford Companion to Wine’ and our very own London Cru turning four this September, we thought it was high time to celebrate the things we love about urban wineries.

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Baker St (Bacchus) 2016, London Cru £15 £11.25
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Barbera 2014, London Cru £20 £14.99
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Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, London Cru £20 £14.99
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Love Red 2015, Broc Cellars £24 £18.99
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Santa Barbara County Syrah 2015, Kunin Wines £28 Case of 12 £302.40
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Vine Starr Zinfandel 2015, Broc Cellars £35 Case of 12 £378
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