Planted in 2007, the vineyard is situated on 14 acres of south and south west facing slopes in south eastern Devon. The vines are planted in two blocks, one of 9,500 vines and another of 7,000.
The largest, south facing, block of vines contains 5,000 Burgundian Chardonnay clones and 4,500 Burgundian Pinot Noir clones that are used in our sparkling and still wines.
The other block of 7,000 vines is south west facing and contains 2,000 Champagne Chardonnay, 1,000 Pinot Noir and 1,000 Pinot Meunier varieties that are used in our sparkling wine production. The balance is made up of 1,500 Bacchus, 750 Siegerrebe and 750 Schonberger German varieties that are used to make still wine.
The growing season (from April - October) starts with bud burst, at which point the vines are prone to frost damage. As the climate warms the vines continue to grow and the trellising wires are moved to contain the new growth. Throughout the growing season, the vines are also prone to fungal diseases - notably downy and powdery mildew - which are treated until harvest.
Harvest begins at the start of October and the grapes are harvested by hand (by experts) and delivered to the winery.
The vines are pruned (also by experts) with a cane replacement system each winter and those canes are tied onto the trellising, ready for the start of the growing season in April. During the winter, necessary repairs to the trellising are also carried out.