Having faced a life changing diagnosis and a need to re navigate her life, two and a half years ago, Alison Ironside and her Mother moved from Cornwall to Draycott.  They wanted to join a community and ideally buy some land. Bingo! A vineyard came up for sale nearby called PERCH HILL. Boasting a south facing plot on the Mendip hillside, and unbroken views across the Somerset levels to Glastonbury.

With a new horticultural degree under her belt and a giant leap of faith, Alison bought her piece of heaven.  As a confessed novice on wines and wine making Alison could not wait to start her new life journey as a bio friendly and carbon neutral grape grower of both exotic and quaffable wines on a minimal scale.  And to employ local labour.

Within a short time Covid-19 struck and it seemed Alison’s dream might turn out to be a nightmare instead.  Listen to this extraordinary story of a woman’s passion to succeed against all the odds.

“If you can read, you can learn!”   A sound message bequeathed to Alison by her late and dearly missed Dad.

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