Furnace Projects’ vineyard is situated in the parish of Yarkhill, which has an Anglo-Saxon origin. Yarkhill was mentioned in the Domesday book of 1087 and has supported farming communities since that time. Lying in the valley of the River Frome, the soil and aspect of the region around Yarkhill make it ideal for growing grapes for wine. The vineyard contains a mixture of Bacchus, Phoenix, Pinot Noir, Regent, Rondo and Seyval Blanc vines and the grapes are processed by the nearby, highly renowned Three Choirs vineyard who work closely with us to deliver the characters and flavours we want.
Herefordshire is a county whose ancient history still echoes in its modern day existence. This is true of its beautiful scenery, which owes much to the volcanic activity that gave us the Malvern Hills and the Worcester and Hereford Beacons. It is also true of the values and practices of the rural lifestyle the county supported, which are now of great contemporary relevance. Herefordshire’s relative inaccessibility and extraordinary natural beauty, has made it a place that artists and makers of all sorts have long sought to live. This creative community is now beginning to examine how a new ‘contemporary rural’ can be brought to life. Furnace Projects will provide a focus for this activity in order to democratise and spread the values, practices and produce of the contemporary rural across as wide an audience as possible.