Much more fun than a life in the city...
Today I was joined by David Ealand, founder of the Chiltern Valley Winery, the only one with a royal warrant. But back in the 80s, David was a lawyer working in the city, with a hankering for living the rural life.
He ended up buying a pig farm near Henley - and only thought of turning it into a winery when he was told that the soil would be particularly good for vines. (Must be all that pig manure!)
From just two and a half acres of former pig farm, and just one type of (medium dry) grape, his winery has grown to over 100 acres of crop, and produces everything from sparkling wines and liqueurs to meads and ales.
Watch out for the Diamond Jubilee ale - a new one for this year!