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Welcome to Aldwick Vineyard

 

Over five generations, Aldwick Court Farm has upheld a family custom of applying innovative solutions to changing and uncertain conditions. Diversification in the 21st century increasingly becomes critical to survival. The development of Aldwick’s two vineyards stands testament to this.
In 2008, the late Chris Watts broke ground in approximately two acres of Homefield for his first vineyard. Bordering the main drive to the Farmhouse complex, this was laid out with 2000 vines in blocks of Seyval Blanc, Early Pinot Noir, and Bacchus.

In 2010, Chris expanded into Woodlands, the south-westerly facing, hillside field overlooking Aldwick Lane. It is roughly divided in quadrants, bisected by a diagonal grass pathway leading from the venue’s two Barns to the Lodge above the Hospitality Grounds. Grape varieties here include PIWI hybrids Regent and Solaris, late ripening Pinot Noir, Seyval Blanc, and Bacchus – the 4th most widely grown wine grape in England. Together they total 8,900 vines spread over 9 acres.

Having failed to thrive, the 500 Homefield Bacchus vines were grubbed up and replaced in 2011 with 600 Madeleine Angevine – another ‘classic’ English wine grape.

Throughout the year, our vines receive personal attention: hand-pruned in the winter, hand-tended throughout the spring and summer, hand-harvested in autumn. From mid-September to early November, the home team and a volunteer force of friends & family hand-select and meticulously sort ripe grapes to be delivered into the care of our skilful vintner, Steve Brooksbank.

Despite classifying as a young vineyard, Aldwick has produced award-winning wines since the 2013 vintage.
Our objective is not to conquer the mass market, but to secure an enduring reputation for providing the highest quality wine for the enjoyment of our clients and their guests.

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