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The Founder 2013

Warden Abbey The Founder 2013 wine bottle
£12/bottle.  Case discount of 5% and special rates for volunteers are available.

Why the Founder?

Vines were first planted here in medieval times by monks at Warden Abbey.  Its founder, Walter L’Espec, was a prominent soldier who led the Yorkshire Barons to victory over King David of Scotland’s invading armies at the Battle of the Standard in 1138.  He founded the first Cistercian abbey in Yorkshire at Rievaulx, and then its daughter house here at Warden in 1135. Highly regarded by the Rievaulx monks, Walter took an active interest in his community.  The modern vineyard is now over quarter of a century old, and managed once again by the local community – we think Walter would approve!  


Muller Thurgau and Regner  ABV 12%

Tasting Note

“The nose has white flowered fragrances and although the palate starts with green apple firmness there is sweetness in the middle, more of a tropical fruit mix. The white peach at the back is underpinned by apple, a mix of                                      flavours with a bitter sweet charm and the finish has fragrance and length”.  Derek Smedley, Master of Wine.


Litmus Wines at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey.  Chief Winemaker is John Worontschak, a winemaker and international wine business consultant with over 30 years experience. John has worked with wineries in virtually every wine producing country in the world providing advice in all aspects of the wine industry. He is joined by winemaker Matthieu  Elzinger. At the age of 15, Matthieu was a hands on winemaker at the family vineyard in the Loire Valley. His winemaking experience includes vintages in Margaux and Piemonte, he has studied extensively in Champagne and for the past 11 years he has been running his family's 210 hectare vineyard and winery in Muscadet. 

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