Success flows for Witham Wines of Grantham
Success is flowing for Witham Wines of Grantham.
The company, which opened new premises on the Withambrook Park industrial estate earlier this year, has now been shortlisted for the Midland’s Rural Start-up Awards.
The accolade follows two years in which the company has completed a research and development plan, gained a premises licence from the district council and started selling their elderflower and other wines online.
The venture is run by Charlie and Gemma Ruigrok, who live at South Witham,
The couple sell the company’s products at many country shows and events, as well as through wholesalers.
Witham Wines has also secured an investor who is helping the business to grow to a point where it is hoped to take on a couple of staff.
Witham Wines currently makes a sparkling elderflower wine and an alcoholic elderflower presse, and is currently testing two new products, which should be released later this year.
The Midlands Rural Start-up Awards 2018 credits the company for its high quality products made using traditional methods.
Awards co-founder Jemma Clifford said: “Witham Wines is a fantastic business which is using the abundance of elderflowers naturally growing in local hedgerows to create highly successful artisan wines.
“The spring water used to create Witham Wines’ drinks comes directly from its source in rural Leicestershire, while the elderflowers are handpicked.
“We thought that this was a great example of a business looking to make the best of the Great British countryside and we had great pleasure in shortlisting it for Best Rural Start-up in our Midlands finals.”
The awards event takes place on October 11 in Nottingham. Successful entries will be entered for the Rural Start-up of the year for the UK.