Why choose our vineyard and our wines? If you’re looking into English wines, you are probably aware that the industry’s reputation is going from strength to strength. (It’s amazing how many people still don’t know we make wine in the UK!) Whether your motivation is keeping your carbon footprint low, supporting local producers, or simply that you’re interested in sourcing exciting new, good quality, authentic English wines, we hope you will like what you find here.
Quality through experience
What makes us different is that we are a long-established, friendly, family-run business. As one of the first commercial vineyards in this country (ignoring the vineyards that existed in Roman times), we also have many decades of experience dedicated to perfecting the art of crafting fine English wines. All our wines are made from the grapes we grow on our 37 acre vineyard here in East Sussex, or from other local sites that we manage.
Our secret weapon is our second generation winemaker, Alex Carr Taylor. Few winemakers in this country have literally grown up in the industry. His parents, Linda and David, planted the vineyard when Alex was a toddler, so he grew up in amongst the vines here. He has a perfectionist streak that earned him a first in his bachelor degree and subsequently the Vintner’s Cup, awarded to the best student, when he completed the Wine & Spirits Education Trust Diploma (the closest there is to a degree in the world of wine).
That perfectionism is what drives all our winemaking team. Our vines are individually tended by hand, from pruning to training and grape picking. Our wines take from 6 months to 3 years (depending on the style of wine) to be fermented, expertly blended and carefully bottled here on site, before they are available in our cellar door shop and online.
As for our online service, our aim is to try and replicate the experience you would have if you came to our cellar door shop. We aim to answer any question you have about our wines , our prices, or our delivery charges , or anything else that you’re interested in or concerned about.
If there is something you want to know that we haven’t covered, or it’s not immediately obvious where to find it, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01424 752501 (10:00am to 5pm everyday) or drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re always delighted to help.