Blackbook Winery have developed a wine which they claim is the first: “London-grown, London-made wine since Roman times.” Aptly named, Tamesis, Latin for the River Thames, the wine is a single vineyard still wine produced from Bacchus grapes, grown at Forty Hall Vineyard, in Enfield, North London. Blackbook’s co-founder, Sergio Verrillo said: “Forty Hall Vineyard is the only commercial-scale vineyard in London and is run as a social enterprise engaging a committed set of enthusiastic volunteers. It is certified organic, avoiding the use of synthetic fungicides, herbicides or fertilisers to encourage sustainability, biodiversity and natural balance. I am a winemaker who likes to follow a traditional winemaking approach with low sulphur wines and indigenous ferments, seeking to preserve the varietal characters in its wines. The wine label features three symbols; the component parts of the Thyrsus, a staff wielded by the Roman God of wine; the Battersea Shield, discovered in 1857 during excavations for the Chelsea Bridge; and the bee wing that is a reference to the honey laden Thyrsus, and the “buzzing army of volunteers at Forty Hall.”
Watch out for a further two wines in this new series from the winery. Tamesis will be joined by “I’d Rather be a Rebel” 2018 rosé, and “The Mix-Up”, its 2018 50-50 Bacchus-Ortega blend.