From apple pressing with Status Quo to achieving listings in Michelin star restaurants. In this interview, Suzanne tells me all about the success of Radlow Hundred in their first year of selling wine.
Tell me a little bit about how you came to own or work in your business?
We were making cider with cider apples from our apple orchards under the Celtic Marches and Pulp Cider brands. Therefore, with the changing climate and the decline of the hop industry it seemed a natural progression to plant vines and make wine.
What achievements, awards or accolades are you proud of?
We have really only been selling the wine for the last year having planted our vines in 2020 and we have achieved listings in several Michelin Star restaurants, a listing in the Coop and a feature in Decanter magazine.
Any news announcements, or events that you’d like new and existing customers to be aware of?
Come and try our wines at the Secret Bottle Shop Event in November or order a few bottles for Christmas on line – delivery UK wide.
What makes your business unique?
There are a few Pinot Noir red wines produced in the UK but we produce a single variety Rondo Red which is very special and has been featured in Decanter magazine and is listed in the Coop.
Favourite restaurant to visit if you get a night off?
Pensons Restaurant, which is located between Bromyard and Tenbury Wells
Last thing you watched on TV?
Lupin on Netflix.
Which person in your life do you most admire and why?
All the women I know who juggle a career with family life, raising children, looking after elderly parents yet still manage to cook amazing food, always be impeccably turned out …………..and are fit!
What was the last gift you gave someone?
A voucher to have a long weekend break in a hotel.
What’s your favourite smell in the whole world?
What’s your favourite kind of sandwich?
Marmite and cucumber on sourdough bread.
Who would you want to cook your last meal on earth, and why?
Nigel Slater – his recipes always work!
What is the most annoying habit that other people have?
Noisy eating especially crunching – although I think I am probably a noisy eater too!
If you could eat only 3 foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Salted Caramel Grenade Bar, Marmite Cashew Nuts, Maple and Pecan Porridge.
What’s your claim to fame?
Status Quo and their team spending a day on the farm with us apple pressing – it was hilarious!
Which food & drink business (other than your own) do you wish you had created?
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Consider opinions/views from all perspectives before forming your own.
If you could be anywhere else right now, where would it be?
Backpacking in South America.
What’s the best thing that happened to you last week?
Visited Holy Island/Lindisfarne – a tick off the list.
Name a product or service you love so much that you’d happily be that company’s spokesperson.
Ambre Sultan Perfume by Serge Luten have worn it for 25 years.
As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?
What is the perfect combination of pizza toppings?
Black Olives Mozzarella Fresh Basil Tomato.
What was the worst job you ever held and why?
Picking gooseberries as I had no gloves and it hurts your hands without gloves.
What was the last thing you ate?
A wrap from Legges in Bromyard
Favourite cut of steak?
What website do you visit most often?
What is the most impressive thing you know how to do?
Knit a jumper.
What do you hope never changes?
Peace in the UK – I hope never to see a war on UK soil/air attacks on UK.
At Radlow Hundred, we invite you to explore the next chapter in English wine with us. Welcome to our collection of new English Wine, crafted by a farming family with generations of history in Herefordshire. Our vines were so good in the first year of planting, we simply couldn’t keep them to ourselves. And we’re particularly passionate about our still red… yes, you heard us, English Red Wine.
Journey with us into the next chapter of English Wine, and discover our collection of English White, Rosé and Red Wine.
Radlow Hundred Wines are stocked in Michelin Star Pensons Restaurant and Secret Bottle Shop in Hereford.
Find out more about Radlow Hundred Wines in the Food & Drink Directory.