We selected the site of the vineyard not only for its stunning views of the South Downs, but for its slope, aspect, altitude and geology: tracing the beautiful south-facing slope of a low ridge created by underlying Cretaceous green sandstone.
These features provide excellent drainage, low frost risk and maximum sun exposure – critical factors in achieving successful vine growth and grape ripeness at this northerly latitude.
We grow seven grape varieties planted across multiple clones and rootstocks. For our sparkling wine we use the classic ‘champagne’ varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. We use Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Bacchus and Ortega for our still wines. For more details on these varieties please see the detailed wine tasting notes.
Watch Alison talk about the growing cycle.
Latitude: 50° 55′ 36” N
Longitude: 0° 13′ 32” W
Altitude: 36m at highest point
Distance from the sea: 8 miles