Discover the History of Wraxall
Producing First Class English Wines
Whilst there is local hearsay of the Romans growing vines at Wraxall, we have yet to find any evidence! The vineyard was originally planted in 1974 with Seyval Blanc, Müller-Thurgau, Bacchus and Madeleine Angevine.
In 1980’s Astra Blair and her husband, Raimund Herincx, both well-known opera singers, took over the running of the vineyard. They added to the original vines and planted a few Chardonnay, smuggled back from France by Raimund, hidden in some socks!
Astra, a Soprano and Agent for Opera Singers, took her sales skills into the world of wine and Wraxall Wine was served in First Class on British Rail GWR and at the Waldorf Hotel in London where it was a “special” served with Cream Teas.
When the Vineyard became too much for Raimund and Astra they sold it and it fell into disrepair, before new owners in 2007 nurtured the Vineyard back to life.