THE INNER CIRCLE
A rare opportunity to join one of the UK’s most exciting new wineries right at the beginning of our journey.
By becoming a VENN member, you will gain exclusive access to limited-release wines from Flint Vineyard, only available to members. These handcrafted wines are unique in character and produced in small batches – often just one barrel at a time.
Ben, our winemaker, makes the wines especially for VENN members using select lots from each vintage. He will include his production notes taking you through every stage of their creation.
Every bottle has been individually numbered by hand, allowing the wine to be tracked throughout its production journey, unpicking some of its mystery and secrets.
“We believe that making wine is about finding marginal gains. The finest details, when combined, can make all the difference.”
- 12-bottle case including 6 bottles of limited-release wine available exclusively to VENN members
- Complimentary tours and tastings at Flint for you and up to 5 friends
- 10% discount on any wines purchased in addition to your annual VENN allocation
- Opportunity to get involved at harvest or other times in the winemaking calendar
- Access to the winemaker and his notes, giving you a real insight into the production of your bottles (you can call Ben with questions or to ask advice on anything wine-related)
Our 2016 VENN wines have all been allocated but membership for our 2017 vintage is now open.
Membership would begin whenever you pay your annual subscription and last until 30 September 2018. So although you would have a little time to wait for your VENN wines, by joining early, you can start enjoying the other benefits right away.
Click on the brochure below to purchase your allocation now
Or feel free just to enter your email to make an enquiry
What will my allocation include?
Your 12-bottle case will include six bottles of limited-release VENN wines and six of the current release wines, all made at Flint Vineyard.
Our 2017 wines will begin their production journey in October when we will be able to release details of the wines being crafted for our members. Our 2016 limited-release wines are described below so you can see what our members received this year.
- Pressed exclusively as whole-bunch grapes under inert gas taking only the best free-run juice
- Cool fermented in stainless steel
- A zesty and aromatic nose with notes of gooseberry, lemon-peel and basil
VENN PINOT BLANC
- Pressed as a mixture of whole-bunch and de-stemmed grapes
- Fermented and aged entirely in two year-old barrels
- A complex, intense wine with aromas of ripe apple and toffee
How did you select your grapes?
Whilst we wait for our own vines to mature, we are working closely with two East Anglian growers. Our region here is one of the most promising grape growing areas in the country, being the combined driest and sunniest part of the UK. Ben visits several times over the growing season, working with the growers to achieve the best grapes possible.
In 2016, our Bacchus was picked at the two extremities of its ripening window, giving us the most favourable expressions of the variety. Bacchus is best when slightly under or over-ripe. Under-ripe it produces herbaceous, flinty wines. Over-ripe it is tropical and zesty, more like a New Zealand Sauvignon blanc.
In the Pinot blanc vineyard last year there was a huge variation in ripeness on the sunny and shady sides of the grapevine canopy. We picked only from the sunny side, meaning that the grapes were wonderfully ripe and perfect for producing a rich and textured wine in an Alsace style.
Will I get the same wines every year?
Flint Vineyard’s wines will never be the same. Ben believes in evolving every year through innovating and recording every detail of his methods. VENN members will have a chance to taste a wide range of interesting styles and gain insight into the methods of their production. Each vintage is different and no wine will ever be made according to a recipe. We hope this makes the wine more of an experience to enjoy.
When will I receive my wine?
Your first wines will be sent out in the spring of 2018. We do hope to make a red wine this year, in which case the red may follow later in year as it won’t be ready to bottle at the same time as the whites.
Membership for our 2017 vintage will run from 1st October 2017 – 30 September 2018.
Am I tied in?
Absolutely not! You simply pay annually and can leave at any time.
I'm in - what happens next?
You can buy membership online by clicking on the brochure image above, or alternatively send us an email enquiry or give us a call and Hannah will contact you to answer any questions and get you started. You will then receive your VENN membership pack in the post and your wines will follow in the spring of 2018.
How much is delivery?
Delivery within the UK is included in your annual membership. For international delivery please contact us.