Our 5 vineyard sites
The Horsmonden vineyard
Our oldest vines planted in 1991 and used to
make the Horsmonden dry white. Grape
varieties are Bacchus, Ortega, Siegerrebe,
Faberrebe and Huxelrebe. The site is south
facing and very sheltered with mainly clay
The Limney vineyard
Auxerrois and Pinot Noir planted in 1993 next to the
winery at Rotherfield. These vines produce grapes for
the Limney Estate sparkling wine. Soil is loamy over
sandstone, very good drainage and a high iron
content with low yields. The west facing fairly steep
slope is ideal for the late ripening grapes because it
has exposure to the sun until late in the day.
The Diamond Fields vineyard
A 2-acre plot planted in 2000 with
Pinot Noir for making red wine.
Sandy clay soil. These vines have
struggled to get established and
have given only small crops, however
things are improving fast and 2014
made a cracker of a red wine - the
quality is certainly there.
The Duchy vineyard
Planted in 2007 with Chardonnay and Pinot
Meunier, this site is very sandy and dry. The
vines seem to love it and produced their first full
crop in 2013. Our 2011 sparkling wine is the first
vintage to include Chardonnay in the blend.
The Redmoors Vineyard
Planted in 2016 with 4 acres of Pinot Noir, using
low vigour rootstocks and Burgundy clones. The
site is well drained silty sand. We don't expect a
harvest from these vines until 2018 at the earliest.
All the sites are managed using only organic methods. Organic grapes are grown without chemical fertilisers, weedkillers, insecticides and using only a
very limited range of fungicides. The aim is to get as close as possible to a natural environment and cause less pollution into the water, soil and air around
the vineyard (and then into the wider environment).
By focussing on care for the soil in the vineyard the vines have a balance and health that cannot come from the use of chemicals. Soil biology rather than
soil chemistry is the thing. Using composts and manures encourages soil microbes, fungi and bacteria to thrive. These microbes make food for the plants.
Copper and Sulphur are used to control mildew, along with plant extracts made from seaweed, comfrey and nettles. We are looking to increase our range
of plant extracts by making garlic and possibly willow extract for use as a foliar spray.
Harvest is in late September to the end of October. All the grapes are picked by hand and taken to our winery at Rotherfield for pressing.
Each site is selected for its own particular characters and we try to make sure this comes through in the wines