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AboutLeventhorpe is Yorkshire’s longest established commercial vineyard, producing wines since the 1980s.
Wine-making in Yorkshire is not as new as one might think. The Cistercians of Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds and the Benedictines at St Mary’s Abbey, York, had been making wine successfully up to the 16th century.
George Bowden and his wife Janet re-introduced commercial winegrowing to Yorkshire by establishing the five acre vineyard in 1985, and now produce award-winning Yorkshire Appellation wines: mainly whites, with limited amounts of sparkling and red wines.
Leventhorpe has its own well equipped winery and its wines are given a long fermentation to preserve nose and delicacy. The vineyard was recommended as a Food Hero by Rick Stein and Oz Clarke is a fan too.
Vineyard open most days. Visitors are welcome to have a free taste of the wines on offer prior to purchase. If travelling a distance please phone before your journey.
- Disabled access
Booking & Payment Details
- Credit cards accepted (no fee)
- Children welcome
- Guided tours for groups
Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities
- Mobile phone coverage
- Free Parking
- Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
- Smoking not allowed
- Accepts groups
- Coach parties accepted
Map & Directions
Take Junction 46 from the M1. Follow signs to Leeds. At next roundabout (Sainsbury's Retail Park) turn left, leading to Bullerthorpe Lane. Road crosses motorway and passes Gamblethorpe Farm on left. Take first turning right - signposted Newsam Green - then turn immediately left by the Lodge House onto Newsam Green Road. Winery on left hand side near bottom of road.
The nearest railway station is Woodlesford, which is 2 miles away.