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Knight Frank introduces us to two successful drink diversifications

Perhaps unsurprisingly, one particular diversification trend farmers and landowners have become particularly passionate about is alcohol production. The craft beer, English wine and artisan gin markets are flourishing and more businesses are setting up on-site distilleries and putting their tastebuds to good use. It’s not only the alcohol business that’s flourishing – innovative teetotal options…

Making Waves

How a Welsh farming family turned their attention from wine to water Pant Du Vineyard and Orchard is a family-run business on the slopes of the Nantlle Valley at the foothills of Snowdon. Since producing the first bottle of wine in 2010, the company has established a reputable name for themselves in producing award-winning wines,…

Nibbling at the elephant’s bottom

The story of how one family made an international business out of elderflower Belvoir Fruit Farms have been making elderflower cordials and pressés for over 30 years. Still a family owned and run business, they remain true to their original recipes and roots, with their whole range being handmade on the farm and using only…

Hunt’s Cider, Devon

  Brother and sister, Richard and Annette Hunt, leave their apples until October and November before picking them, so the fruits have more time to ripen naturally. The Hunt family have been making cider in the Torbay area since 1805. Their ancestor Nicholas Prout Hunt was even instrumental in building Paignton Harbour so their cider…

Raw milk vending machine – Delph Farm

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Delph Farm in Yorkshire came up with the idea for raw milk vending machines after the dairy price plummeted even further. They already run the hugely successful Yummy Yorkshire ice cream parlour, but are keen to explore other avenues of diversification. “We have to constantly be on the look-out for new ways of doing things…

How to set up a vineyard

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Vineyards are labour-intensive, requiring a large initial investment and a high degree of expertise, says Strutt & Parker’s Nigel Porter: “Vines are usually planted by specialist contractors and need to be securely fenced and trellised. Vine management also requires specialised viticulture tractors and equipment. “Even the most knowledgeable farmers tend to take on a wine…

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