A pop-up natural wine bar & bottle shop in a stable
Thursday 29 March | 5.30pm-10.30pm
Good Friday 30 March | 5.30pm-10.30pm
Saturday 31 March 2018 | 6.30pm-11pm
Address: Natural Born Wine HQ, 7 Canning Cross, London SE5 8BH
(a 3 minute walk from Denmark Hill station)
This Easter, step inside our little HQ, a 200-year-old stable in south-east London, for a celebration of natural wine from the Ceppaiolo vineyard, Umbria's secret garden!
Not unlike the secret garden of literary fame, Ceppaiolo isn’t easy to find. It’s on the side of a quiet road in Italy on a large non-descript plain, watched over by a small neighbouring restaurant and the Apennine mountains further on. Stepping out the car, we entered through a padlocked gate, past a stone shed (the winemaking cellar as it turns out) with graffiti on the wall, a beaten-up car and a caravan. It couldn’t be further away from that picture postcard image of an Italian vineyard. No castle, no neat rows of vines or polished tasting room with glass doors. This is 1950s Umbria, from the expired vintage car outside the ‘cellar’ through to the antique vertical press (still used today) and the small rows of native grape vines, guarded on all sides by overgrown flowers and wild as can be.
Winemakers Danilo Marcucci and Riccardo Pennaforti saved this tiny two-hectare vineyard from demolition after meeting its untouched 70-year-old vines, some of the oldest in Umbria. The cellar is no more than a stone shed, kept exactly as Danilo found it with old 1950s winemaking equipment, and what they have aimed to do with Ceppaiolo is to not only save the vineyard and keep making wine, but maintain a little part of Umbrian history and tradition...
Needless to say, the resulting wines are out of this world. A pét-nat that tastes like aged Champagne, a white that tastes like tropical fruit salad, and a red so full of summer flowers and bouncy cherries it will have you BBQ-ing by April.
By the glass | By the bottle | To drink in or take away | Beautifully gift-wrapped bottles with the story of their origins | 10% off any case of 12 bottles (including mixed cases)
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