Our family-run vineyard consists of 9.5 hectares on sunny south-facing greensand slopes overlooking the South Downs in West Sussex. The greensand is free-draining – which is essential for growing vines in a country renowned for the occasional rain shower. For us, it is the terroir of choice. It took us five years to find the perfect place to plant vines. The underlying greensand rock also stores heat from the sun and reflects it to help ripen the grapes. Our vines are the classic champagne varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Our clones are burgundian, selected for their quality.
Most of the work in the vineyard is done by hand including pruning and harvesting. We work sympathetically with nature. Our vineyards are full of beneficial insects encouraged by our wildflower planting – we particularly welcome ladybirds, lacewings, earwigs and a special wasp to control pests by planting wildflowers. We do not use insecticides. Ever.
Our flock of ouessants – the smallest sheep in the world – graze between the vines during the winter, and our hedges are trimmed by Golden Guernsey goats. We have a wildlife oasis – a wild and untamed area – in the middle of the vineyard.