Established in 1985, Leventhorpe re-introduced commercial wine-growing to Yorkshire and the five acre vineyard is situated within Leeds City boundary.
The Cistercian monks at Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds had vineyards, although the exact location is unknown. The Benedictines at St Mary’s Abbey, York, had a well documented vineyard of around 10 acres at Askham Richard on the outskirts of the city and had been making wine successfully up to the sixteenth century.
Leventhorpe’s success is due to the excellent site which endows its wines with their unique character. The low altitude, protected south-facing slope with good drainage, warm soils and low rainfall, plus the benefits of a river valley situation, make it a favourable site for winegrowing.
All the wines produced at Leventhorpe are made in the vineyard in which they are grown. The purpose built winery enables control of the wine-making process, thus preserving the wines’ unique character and identity.
Leventhorpe produces a range of wines including dry whites, sparkling and a small amount of red.
Leventhorpe welcomes visitors and is open most days from noon to 3.30pm. If travelling a distance please telephone/email before your journey.
A light, delicate dry white wine with an apricot and peachy nose. Clean, flowery with good fruit and length.
Goes well with poultry, fish and spicy dishes.
A delicate dry white wine, with a leafy green nose and lemon zest character, leading to a finish of green apple and lime fruit with exotic notes.
Excellent with sea food, poultry, shoulder of lamb and belly pork.
A light, delicate sparkling Yorkshire wine with an apple/yeasty and biscuit nose, leading to a fine mousse with a delicate fresh apple flavour, developing a hint of honey with age.