Lost in a Field is on a mission to rescue the fast disappearing heritage grape varieties planted in the UK in the last century and to craft them into delicious, low intervention pét-nat using traditional winemaking methods. Established by Tim Wildman MW in 2021 with help from Darcy Gander.
This is our Great British old vine story, seen through the technicolour prism of the German cross heritage grape varieties planted in the 1960s, 70s and 80s by eccentric amateurs.
Back then the nascent British wine industry was based on a Burgundian model, of small plots established by grower-maker vignerons working out of garden sheds and garages, a stark contrast to the modern era of corporate brands and business models.
Along the way we’re helping to rescue abandoned and neglected old vine plots through the Lost Vineyard Preservation Society. This is our grassroots movement, bringing together local communities and the UK wine trade through volunteer programs, crowdsourced funding and collaborations with like-minded businesses through events such as Lost Under the Stars camping weekends and Harvest Tea Parties.
We are Lost in a Field, think different, drink different, join us on our mission!
“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes.”
The 2022 Lost in a Field "Frolic" pét-nat is a blend of 14 heritage grape varieties from vineyards in five English and counties, most of which were planted in the 1980s and 1990s with the oldest being established in 1972. The wine is made from a majority of Madeleine Angevine for aromatics, Reichensteiner for acidity, Schönburger for perfume, with Triomphe d'Alsace and Rondo for colour and small amounts of Bacchus, Huxelrebe, Ortega, Madeleine Sylvaner, Siegerrebe, Seyval Blanc, Phoenix, Dornfelder and Leon Millot
The 2022 wine has a beautiful and remarkable colour - coral pink, lychee skin or candy floss? You’ll be the judge.
Delicate aromas of red current and raspberry lead to a featherlight body (just 9.5%) and a gentle mousse that is soft and foaming rather than aggressively fizzy with creamy flavours of rhubarb and gooseberry fool. Tastes like a wild English hedgerow and has the weight and drinkability of a Gin and Tonic. Perfect summer sipping!
In a nutshell: Fruity, fault free, zero sulphur English pét-nat made from heritage grape varieties from old vines.
“Tastes like summer, and dangerously drinkable - Tamlyn Currin, JancisRobinson.com
From three and a half tonne of fruit we made 2920 bottles and 172 magnums..
Alcohol 9.5% Free SO2 0g/L Total SO2 9 g/L Residual sugar (RS) 1.4 g/L
You can find availability of the bottles on our Stockists page (currently showing stockists of the 2021 wine from last year).
The magnums are not available for general sale but can be bought through selected retail partners who are wine trade members of our club, the Lost Vineyard Preservation Society.
Full descriptions and information in the downloadable tasting notes below