The Swindon and Wiltshire sub-branch of Women in Property – the forum for women in the property and construction industry – recently attended a Wine Tasting event at Poulton Hill Estate near Cirencester which was sponsored by the housing association and house-builder, Curo.
Members of the group received a tour of the vineyard and learned about the history of the estate and the growing of the grapes. Planted in 2010/2011, the Poulton Estate said the vineyard “soaks up all the warmth of the sunny, south-facing slopes,” and while only generating a small output, each vintage has a “distinct flavour and a unique identity.” After the tour, guests sampled wines produced on the estate.
Elaine Connor, a spokeswoman for Women in Property and owner of conveyancing firm PSG said, “With generous sponsorship by Curo, we indulged in a delightful evening of Wine-tasting and networking in the beautiful surroundings of the Poulton Hill Estate. First, we were treated to an excellent tour of the vineyard and introduction to grape growing and Viticulture by the estate manager.”
She continued, “We were then taken through the tasting of the Estate’s award-winning wines which included an English Sparkling Rose and a Special Reserve. Our guide explained the blending of the grapes, the storage, and all the other tasks required to produce the final product, some of which are done by hand.”
Elaine added, “Women in Property enables its members to enhance business opportunities, exchange views, network and gain knowledge. We are a unique organisation in that our members cover all disciplines within the property and construction sectors.”
According to Women in Property, while much has changed in recent years, women still represent only 15% of the property and construction industry workforce. The Association of Women in Property is working with businesses and other industry organisations to help “redress this balance.”
Established in 1987, Women in Property aims to motivate, inspire and encourage its members and guests, through a “diverse” range of events, life skills seminars, technical and CPD seminars and to provide opportunities to create business connections in the property and construction industries.
Pictured above: Sarah Maylor of Curo Group, Peter Roberts of Barton Willmore and Ros Trotman of Thrings enjoying wine and canapes at the event