Lincoln Cathedral from the vineyard at the rear of the Medieval Bishops' Palace.
Interesting that in days of yore, the vineyard was on the outside of the battlements. I wonder if individual cathedrals ever produced enough grapes to make alter wine?
I know that some wines are produced in the UK, but I would have thought that the climate in Lincoln and surrounds would be just too harsh...Do you know if the vineyard is an ancient site or more recent? I love this pic with the cathedral just peering over the top of the wall...makes you want to explore much more.
There was a sign that explained it: the vines were sent from Lincoln's twin town, Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, in 1972. The sign further explained that the crop is often below par but the grapes are harvested occasionally! Despite being so far north, I suspect grapes can grow relatively well there due to its southerly aspect and the shelter and heat retention offered by the wall behind. The challenge is probably late frosts, which can sometimes occur as late as June.
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