Two awards in the Decanter
World Wine Awards and two
in the Soil Association
Organic Food awards in 2012
New study show Davenport
Vineyards to be
self-sufficient for energy due
to solar panels and low
Big change in label design
coming from 2013 - no
preview available yet.
At Davenport Vineyards we have been making wines for nearly 20
years, building from a small start up to a collection of vineyard sites
that total 20 acres.
Our aim is to make wine of the highest quality possible and to make
wine that is a true expression of ther grape varieties, soil and climate
of our vineyards. we believe that the best way to achieve this is by
interfering as little as possible and letting nature take its course
(under our guidance of course). The use of organic methods helps to
bring the results we want and has the benefit of also minimising our
impact on the environment.
Since 1993 we have won numerous awards for our wines, converted
all the vineyards to organic management and put together a winery
that is one of the only organic certified wineries in the UK fully
equipped to make still and sparkling wines to the highest standards.
Even after 20 years there are constant improvements and changes
taking place every year, new wine styles, new ideas for growing
grapes in a more sustainable way and upgrading of equipment.
The Limney brand is made in small volumes and we believe that one
of our strengths is that we take grapegrowing and winemaking as a
hands-on craft rather than a large scale process. This gives each
vintage and each wine we make its own unique character.
The first vines were planted in 1991 by Will Davenport and
the business is still family owned. Will trained at Roseworthy
College in Australia and has worked in vineyards in Alsace,
California and Australia. Despite having a technical training
he has always been enthusiastic about making wine in the
most natural way possible, and above all has always aimed
for the highest quality wines. Everything at Davenport
Vineyards is trying to combine these two principles.
"Will Davenport is one of the more serious and
talented winegrowers in the UK today. The
winery contains some of the best facilities and
equipment in the UK....one of the brighter
stars in the English wine firmament."
Stephen Skelton, The Wines of Britain and
"Davenport, one of England's top wine producers,
makes deservedly popular Pinot Noir reds and
dry white wines under the Limney label"
Monty Waldin's Biodynamic Wine Guide 2011
"Davenport, Limney Estate Blanc de Blancs 2005
based on (organically grown) Reichensteiner was
so well made that I felt it could have been a
particularly brisk Blanc de Blancs champagne."
Jancis Robinson, March 2011
Organic wines made in Sussex
2011 Horsmonden dry
white - possibly the
best vintage ever?
2012 harvest ended on
the 7th November, 2
weeks later than
normal, yields were
very small but quality is
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Limney Blancs de blancs 2006
"Some evolution on the nose. Very fine bead.
Vivacious. Very fine texture and refreshing –
tastes like a Blanc de Blancs."
Jancis Robinson, March 2012
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