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Castlewood Vineyard Festival 2013
This weekend saw 500 revellers descend on the sleepy Devon village of Musbury to celebrate a one-day festival with music, good food and a party atmosphere. We were lucky to get our hands on some of these exclusive tickets, only 500 were issued!
Castlewood Vineyard is a ’boutique’ vineyard, planted on the sunny south facing slopes of Musbury Fort. It produces sparkling wine, from grape varieties including Germanic, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier varieties.
For more detailed information on what happens and that sort of thing, check out the website www.castlewoodvineyard.co.uk.
On site food was catered for by Tierra Kitchen and The Pizza Dragon. Amazing Pizzas, we found these guys at the Exeter Food Festival 2013 with their awesome portable pizza oven.
Otter Ales were also on hand with such lovely Ales as Otter Amber and Otter Bright. Calvors English Lager company were also on hand with a portable draught machine and their lovely pints too.
Tickets cost £20. Camping included, but not the ability to put up a tent. This wasn’t me, this is John putting his tent up.
Big fields, big sky.
This is the Party Bus. Didn’t realise this at the time. It thumped music out till 5am. Did I mention it was 20 metres from my tent?
Castlewood Farm also have pork products, the evening culminating in this amazing Hog Roast. Still a few hours to go yet…
The hill. The intimacy of this festival was amazing, a real private party atmosphere.
Saw these guys at the Exeter Food Festival. Love their pizzas and their portable pizza oven.
Another view of the hillside showing the stage.
We missed the 15:30 Vineyard Tour, so decided to camp out at the top of the hill with the amazing view until the next one.
In the distance, Seaton and in the distance beyond that, Start Point.
I love hills, but only sitting at the top of them.
Fancy a walk?
Best location for a Yurt.
A glass of the Non-Vintage Sparkling wine that was on sale from the wine tent. Didn’t get much chance to taste anything else as this was far too nice.
Non vintage Brut. Lovely wine, very aromatic and crisp.
The blurb. Normally my favourite part of any packaging.
The owner, just before the wine tour
Another view of the Vineyard
Our wine tour. The chaps on the floor are actually young vines. Fascinating talk given by the owner about how the vines are grown and cutback etc.
Two ladies looking at the vines.
Sunset over the Yurt.
People walking. This event had a strong family feel
Sunset, just about.
Is it ready yet?
Man walking down vineyard.
Yurt and sunset..
Panorama of the view.
The nights entertainment was brilliant. My photo taking skills disappeared at this point.
Loos. Literally a hole in the groud. Great stuff.