Style of Wine - Bacchus Whites

The grape that is probably best known for single-variety white wine in the UK is Bacchus, which is starting to get a very good reputation. Bacchus wines are aromatic and can have powerful flavours and character if the grape is able to ripen fully. Aromas to look out for are fresh asparagus, elderflower, nettles and herbs.

For food matching suggestions, I spoke to Josh, the winemaker at Chapel Down who suggests: “It depends on the style, but Bacchus is always good with sea bass or similar fish with samphire. Richer styles are good with oriental cuisine, especially if the wine has residual sugar.” He also recommended trying “Pork shoulder or belly braised with apples.” The guys at Three Choirs agreed with those suggestions, adding “perfect with fish dishes. white bait and grilled sardines.”

Try some Bacchus examples from the West Country, from Kent and from East Anglia and see what you think – are there clear differences? Most of the vineyards below have made national award-winning Bacchus and I’ve added a couple of others that are recommended; all are visitor-friendly and happy to sell you their wines from the cellar door.

Wyken Vineyards

Wyken Vineyards

Open all year
Denbies Wine Estate

Denbies Wine Estate

Open all year
Wraxall Wines

Wraxall Wines

Open by appointment
Giffords Hall Vineyard

Giffords Hall Vineyard

Open all year
Shawsgate Vineyard

Shawsgate Vineyard

Open all year
Parva Farm Vineyard

Parva Farm Vineyard

Open all year
Winbirri Vineyards

Winbirri Vineyards

Open all year
Biddenden Vineyards

Biddenden Vineyards

Open all year
Chapel Down

Chapel Down

Open all year
New Hall Vineyard

New Hall Vineyard

Open all year
Three Choirs Vineyard

Three Choirs Vineyard

Open all year
Dedham Vale Vineyard

Dedham Vale Vineyard

Seasonal opening
Camel Valley Vineyard

Camel Valley Vineyard

Open all year