What is Madeleine Angevine?

What is Madeleine Angevine

Join us as we take a deep dive into what is Madeleine Angevine, the first vines we welcomed into our home at Alder Vineyard.

After tasting a delicious bottle, or two (such a chore) of Madeliene Angevine from other local vineyards, our love affair with this deliciously crisp grape variety blossomed. We soon had our first delivery of young Madeleine Angevine vines ready to start on our English wine journey. But what is Madeleine Angevine? Where did it come from? And why do we love it so much?

 

Origin - What is Madeleine Angevine

Where did it come from?

Now, this bit is going to be a bit more technical, so stick with us. There are a few different grape varieties known as Madeleine Angevine, with the original being from the famous Loire Valley in central France. The original variety was formed from a cross between two grapes, Madeleine Royale and Précoce de Malingre.

The Loire is home to a lot of the varieties you will be used to seeing, from Sauvignon blanc to Pinot noir. So why haven’t we heard of Madeleine Angevine before? Well, France’s wine industry is made up of appellations, these are specific areas and rules only allow for certain grape varieties to be included in wines from these regions. An example of an appellation in France is Sancerre, an area in the Loire Valley, where wines can only be labelled as Sancerre if they are produced from Sauvignon blanc or Pinot noir grapes. When these appellations were formed Madeleine Angevine wasn’t included and as a result, isn’t grown as much in the Loire Valley (Wine folly have a great guide to Loire valley wines here). But in the growing UK wine industry, Madeliene Angevine is proving to be very popular, especially in the south-west as it fits our cooler climate and doesn’t mind a little rain. It certainly seems to thrive on our south fasting slopes on the edge of Dartmoor.

 

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What’s it like to grow?

Now we’d hesitate to say growing vines is easy, but as grape varieties go Madeleine Angevine is not too over-demanding. Growth on the vines is quite steady so they don’t get as out of control as our Rondo sometimes can! They love bathing in the sunshine on our Devon slopes and enjoy a good soaking, which is good as we all know, it’s not always sunshine in England. The only yearly battle we have is with wasps, they just love the sweet smell of the juicy Madeleine grapes, we do too! but the wasps have to share. Thankfully over the years, we have started to perfect controlling the number of wasps around the vines so we can make sure there is plenty for us all.

 

Taste - What is Madeleine Angevine

How does it taste?

Madeleine Angevine makes a beautifully delicate wine that is pale in colour, off-dry and gloriously fruity. Our 2018 vintage is brimming with hand-picked juicy grapes, filling your glass with fruity overtones of melon, apple and gooseberry. Delicious! It pairs perfectly with fresh Devon seafood, chicken or light pasta dishes and we recommend serving a bottle perfectly chilled (4°C).

 

Love - What is Madeleine Angevine

Why do we love it?

I mean you just have to taste a glass to answer that one, we love the refreshing, crisp delight a glass brings. Madeleine Angevine will always be our first variety, these hardy vines grew with us and nurtured our love for English wine as we learnt to care for them. Alder and Madeliene are a perfect pair, the vines thrive year on year, are a true delight to care for and make an even tastier glass at the end of the year.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our deep dive into what is Madeleine Angevine, and if we have tempted you to give it a taste check out our latest vintages here.

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As a small team prided on serving freshly cooked plates we have a few restrictions when it comes to larger groups detailed below:

Please note a £10pp charge against a credit/debit card is required to book a table of 8+. No charge is taken unless you don’t show up on the day or cancel without 48hrs notice.

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Sunset winemakers tour + supper evenings

Next: Sat 6th July – The ultimate evening with us. Discover our story + learn all about English wine. Followed by our kitchens take on a traditional paella cooked overlooking Dartmoor.

Alcohol Awareness

We love wine here at Alder Vineyard but it’s useful to remember that wine is of course an alcoholic product. Whilst wine can be enjoyed in moderation, it is important to seek help and advice if you think you, or a loved one is drinking too much. 

You must be 18 or over to purchase wine and other alcoholic products. 

Our Kitchen is well stocked with drinks from across Devon and beyond and proudly includes several non-alcoholic options. This includes non-alcoholic beers, gin-alternatives, mocktails and of course, soft drinks. 

If you think you, or a loved one may need help and support due to alcohol misuse, please use the links below to find incredibly useful charities and resources that can help you. 

Sustainability Statement

We are proudly committed to protecting our environment and the planet in any way we possibly can. Our ethical and sustainable practices are at the heart of what we do here. 

What have we done so far?

  • Introduction of ‘wild areas’. The garden of the Kitchen includes our gorgeous wildflower area that is ever-changing and evolving. We have also set aside a huge area of land below the vineyard which has become our nature haven. We are allowing mother nature to repossess this area, surrounding a beautiful stream. Encouraging wildflowers and native species to thrive on our vineyard land. 
  • 100% of our power comes from renewable provider Octopus, powering the Kitchen, winery and shop. We also use energy-saving light bulbs and other techniques to reduce our uses wherever possible. 
  • We source products and ingredients from countless local suppliers, reducing food miles and supporting other local businesses. 
  • We send no waste to landfill. 100% of our waste is recycled, reused, composted or used to make energy via DCW 
  • We harness a natural spring on the farm to provide water for tasks such as washing vehicles, vineyard work, watering plants and flower beds. We only use mains water for use in the kitchen and winery. 
  • Our own products are bottled in lightweight glass and aluminium caps, meaning our bottles are created, transported and recycled with minimal energy use. 
  • Our entire range is packaged in plastic-free shipping boxes and is delivered to the customer by our courier, APC who use modern, aero-dynamic, fuel-efficient vehicles that are regularly maintained and serviced to reduce carbon emissions. 
  • We promote the use of plastic-free packaging to our suppliers.
  • We employ a wonderful team of local people. Where possible we encourage car sharing, travelling by bike or electric vehicle. 

 

What else do we aim to do in the future:

  • Our goal is to add solar panels and batteries to our building to remove or reduce the need for power to be brought in from elsewhere. 
  • Another mission is always reducing our requirement for the use of chemicals in the vineyard. We have always refused to use insecticides, however we would like to focus on reducing the use of other sprays wherever possible in the near future whilst making use of ever evolving organic alternatives. 
  • We will be partnering with other local companies who can make use of our harvest waste. For example, our red grape skins will be used to make ‘Grappa’ for the first time in 2023.

Accessibility information

This guide is designed to make your visit as fantastic as possible and to give you the opportunity to let us know where and when we can help you with specific needs. 

Our entire building is wheelchair friendly and we will always endeavour to cater for any specific need or requirement. 

If there is anything we can do that is not mentioned in this guide, please do let us know by emailing hello@aldervineyard.uk or calling 01566783409 ahead of your visit. 

 

Level Access:

  • Our entire building is on one level, meaning you can get around easily with a wheelchair. 
  • You can park directly in front of the building entrance, on a flat paved area. From here you can access the café, our unisex accessible toilets, outside terrace, and the winery. 
  • Please note: If you are joining us for a tour, this does involve a walk around the vineyard which is unfortunately not wheelchair friendly. Due to the terrain of the vineyard, a steep hill and lack of hard walkways this is not suitable for wheelchair users or those who struggle to walk. For more information, or to discuss joining a tour which can be adapted to be accessible please email tom@aldervineyard.uk. We will endeavour to adapt the tour to suit your individual needs where possible. 

 

Hearing:

  • Our café is a modern space designed for the very best social eating experiences. 
  • We have a fantastic, self-made, playlist of music to provide a relaxed atmosphere whilst not being imposing as you are eating. However we understand that might not be ideal for some. Each speaker in the ceiling is individually controlled and can be turned off to make a specific area quieter. Please just let us know when booking if you prefer a quiet space and we can choose a table more suited to this and turn the music off in that area. 
  • We have invested in large, padded photographs for the café walls which are actually sound buffering panels in disguise. This, along with our chair socks reduces the sound in the café as well. 
  • There are no speakers outside, however the outside area is not covered so we cant guarantee this will be suitable on wet/cold/windy days. 
  • All of our team are trained to be able to help you as much as we possibly can. 

 

Visual

  • Our café is designed around full height windows and have dark grey frames to make them stand out as much as possible.
  • The walls and doors have high colour contrast.
  • Our team would be more than happy to read the menu to you if you have vision problems as well as answer any questions you may have. 

 

General

  • We have a complimentary ticket system for personal assistants or carers. 
  • Our whole team has been trained to help in any way possible to ensure the best experience. 
  • We have an emergency evacuation protocol in place for disabled visitors. 

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Yours and our teams safety is our number 1 priority. We have made a number of changes in the vines to keep us all safe. This is under constant review and will be updated when the government advice changes.

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Social distancing

Please keep to a 2m distance when you visit. We have set all our tables at least 1.5m apart and do recommend face coverings in all indoor areas. Our team will still be wearing face covering when around you too.

Tables size limits

To continue to keep us safe in the vines we are keeping our tables limited to 10 people. We can accommodate larger groups but please get in touch to discuss any 10+ bookings with us.

Hand washing & cleaning

We have introduced a number of hand cleaning stations and guests are required to use hand sanatisor on entry. Our team are washing their hands between each customer and we are disinfecting all tables and chairs between use.

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We are offering table service in the kitchen and advice using contactless or card payments where possible.

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