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The UK's first standalone non-alcoholic Fermentery to open in the heart of Buckinghamshire

Updated: Feb 11

by REAL Drinks

3 bottles of REAL sparkling farmented teas in a yellow table

REAL has opened the UK's first sustainable, state-of-the-art Fermentery on Waddesdon Estate, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. It is the first of its kind and leads the way in non-alcoholic fermentation.


REAL produces Naturally Fermented Sparkling Tea and is the real alternative to Champagne and Sparkling Wine. Expertly sourced, hand-picked loose-leaf teas are naturally fermented for all the depth, flavour and complexity of fine wine, even without the alcohol.


Currently available in four different varieties, Tiger Hill, Royal Flush*, Dry Dragon* and Peony Blush, the world's finest loose-leaf teas are hand-picked and then fermented in REAL's new home The Fermentery at The Bail on Waddesdon Estate in Buckinghamshire, to create incredible natural character notes without the need for any additives or flavourings.


Served by the pioneering, the innovative, and the Michelin starred, Royal Flush and Dry Dragon can be found in The Pig, the Fat Duck, La Gavroche and Clove Club, to name a few.


In its innovative new home on the grounds at Waddesdon Estates LLP, science and craftsmanship combine to create captivating liquids that mindful drinkers and the sober curious will want to reach for. REAL experimented with over 150 different tea varieties before deciding on first-flush Darjeeling for their Royal Flush expression and Dragonwell Green Tea for their Dry Dragon Expression. They plan to continue to experiment in this way at The Fermentery to create new sparkling tea flavours. 


The REAL Fermentery will be open to the public for tours and tastings, as well as becoming a destination for supper clubs for unconventional thinkers, creators and makers to connect.


The historic move is an investment in the future for the alternative wine category and alcohol-free options.


Founder of REAL David Begg comments: "We are passionate about leading the way in non-alcoholic fermentation. Opening the UK's first sustainable, alcohol-free Fermentery means REAL is able to experiment with a whole range of loose-leaf teas to create the alcohol-free drinks of the future. We are proud to be bringing provenance and quality to a growing category."


REAL Naturally Fermented Sparkling Tea, the real alternative to Champagne and Sparkling Wine, is available from various stockists, including Waitrose, Sainsbury's and Ocado. 


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