Making English wines since 1991

-  The Vineyards  -

Here is the most important bit: growing superb grapes is crucial to making the best wines. If the grapes are less than perfect, the winemaker has to manipulate the wines to get the right balance and in the process, the character of the wine is lost.

Our vines have been established over a 30 year time-frame on five separate plots of land. Most of these were apple orchards before the vines were planted. The soil types, aspect and micro-climate vary between sites and we have selected particular grape varieties to suit the conditions. This means we can make a broad range of wine styles because we have such a fantastic variety of fruit at harvest.

All the vines are cane pruned and grown to the Soil Association standards. Harvest starts in September and continues to mid-October. All the grapes are picked by hand (thanks to our wonderful picking team).

Click on any of the pictures below to get specific info about each site.

Lewes Heath vines
Grape Varieties: Ortega, Bacchus, Faber, Huxelrebe.
Planted 1991
Soil: clay
Aspect: South facing
Altitude: 80m a.s.l.
Limney Vineyard
Grape Varieties: Pinot Noir, Auxerrois
Planted 1993
Soil: sandy loam over sandstone
Aspect: West facing slope
Altitude: 84m
Diamond Fields
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
Planted 2000
Soil: Sandy clay
Aspect: south facing
Altitude: 80m
2007 plot
Grape Varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Bacchus, Ortega, Siegerrebe
Planted 2007
Soil: sandy silt over sandstone
Aspect: flat (v slight north facing)
Altitude 61m
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
Planted 2016
Soil: Sandy silt over sandstone
Aspect: Very slight north facing
Altitude: 75m
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Davenport Vineyards, Castle Hill, Rotherfield, East Sussex TN6 3RR

United Kingdom

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