Local wine maker Paul Olding is also an award winning TV director and producer. For years he harboured a dream of setting up a vineyard somewhere close to home, home being Lewisham in southeast London. But was it possible to grow grapes and make drinkable wine in the (sub)urban jungle, just off the South Circular?
He decided to give it a go. With the help of his family, Paul realised his dream, and now shares his experience so you too can create your own urban vineyard.With a Foreword by Richard Reynolds, the UK’s most famous Guerrilla Gardener.
Fusing a step by step ‘How To’ guide with tales of the trials and tribulations experienced by the author, The Urban Vineyard is a book you will return to year after year as your vineyard matures and the fruits of your labour are fermented into bottles of great tasting urban wine.
The Urban Vineyard will help you:
- Prepare your garden, patio, allotment or community space
- Choose your grapevines
- Design the layout of your vineyard
- Install a support trellis
- Decide what to grow alongside your vines
Once your vineyard is established, The Urban Vineyard will:
- Provide a step by step guide to canopy management
- Guide you through annual winter pruning
- Help you through the annual harvest
- Explain how to set up a kitchen winery
- Take you through how to make delicious red, white and rosé still wines
What People Have Said…
Prof Brian Cox, physicist and author Why Does e=mc²
“Paul is a great television director, but it turns out he’s also a great writer, vintner, vigneron and above all, dreamer. This book is a guide to making your own wine in the city, but it’s also a book that encourages the reader to follow their passions, ambitions and dreams and make things happen in the most unlikely of places. I love that.”
Richard Reynolds, author On Guerrilla Gardening
“Busting with bright notes of joyful family enterprise and packed with persuasive reasons to give it a go, this a book that needs no laying down. Enjoy immediately,”
Steven Johnson, author Where Good Ideas Come From
“With interest in city gardens and rooftop farming booming around the world, Paul Olding’s The Urban Vineyard adds a fresh and intoxicating voice to the conversation. Amateur vintners will find this both a comprehensive guide to the art and science of urban winemaking, and a compelling narrative of one man’s quest to make wine in the middle of a bustling metropolis.”
Paul Langham, Chairman United Kingdom Vineyards Association
“This book is a good read and will help the newcomer to our rapidly growing industry take their interest into reality. Enjoy reading and perhaps taking your dreams into reality with wine from your own vines.”
The Urban Vineyard is available now!
Published in paperback, 260pages. RRP Price £11.99
It is online from Lulu.com or direct from the author at www.theurbanvineyard.co.uk