A COUPLE who have worked in the wine industry for a decade between them is set to launch their own winery.

Northern Wines is the new wine producer located at Dockray Hall Industrial Estate in Kendal founded by partners Harry Appleyard and Stacey Raath.

They make wine from English grapes which they source around the country, predominantly from Essex, and process them in Kendal.

Their first vintage began in October and November 2022, and since then, their wines have been fermenting and maturing in barrels and tanks.

The couple have worked in multiple wine regions around the world, with Stacey working in South Africa, Austria, France and England and Harry in New Zealand, France and England.

In 2022 they started a new venture into owning their wine production business.

Harry said: "This year we made wine from three different grape varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Bacchus.

"We have made a number of different wines from those parcels of fruit so we are going to have eight different wines this year, including a couple of orange wines and Burgundian-style Chardonnay.

"We are playing with a lot of different wine-making processes to try and create interesting wines."

All Northern wines undergo natural fermentation, which means they do not add any products to the wines in the fermentation process. 

Harry added: "The vineyard is minimal intervention so we try to make wines as pure as the process and not by adding lots of different products."

On Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17, the couple will be pouring their wines at Glisky in Kendal as part of their launch party.

Stacey said: "This weekend we will be able to share our wines with people who have helped us get here.

"We will be selling our wines and some of our favourite South African wines available too."

Northern Wine will host open days and events on a monthly basis.

For more information, visit their Facebook page here.