At the time that our vineyard was originally planted, the English wine industry was still in its infancy. Much research involving vine crossings had been carried out in German viticulture institutes in their search for more reliable fruiting and ripening in the cool climate of Northern Germany, and the UK benefitted from that. However, these relatively ‘new’ varieties were given names unfamiliar and at times unpronounceable to a wary UK wine-drinking public.
About a dozen varieties were initially selected for our vineyard (back in 1971!) and are what we grew for the first 40 years. As our vines have aged and matured it has become obvious that some of our choices were immensely successful, whereas others were less so. During 2009 and 2010 we began the first step in a ten year plan of replanting the vineyard, and grubbed out 8 acres of Schonburger, Huxelrebe, Kerner and Muller-Thurgau replacing them with Bacchus, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc.