David and Linda Carr Taylor realised their ambition of planting a vineyard when, in 1969, David purchased 21acres of land surrounding his family home in the beautiful East Sussex countryside
The initial planting commenced in 1971 with varieties such as reichensteiner, gutenborner, muller thurgau, dornfelder and the classic champagne varieties, Pinot noir, Pinot meunier and Chardonnay
The glorious summer of 1976 heralded the first commercially viable harvest for the vineyard and some 2000 bottles of Carr Taylor wines were produced! Since then Carr Taylor has gone from strength to strength winning their first award in 1983 in the International Wine and Spirit competition. The following years have seen a succession of medals in international competitions, accruing in excess of 150 awards.
In 1983 an exceptional harvest encouraged the vineyard to experiment with sparkling wine. This venture produced 10,000 bottles of traditionally fermented sparkling wine and resulted in the first commercially available Champagne Method English sparkling wine.