Site and soil

The layers of soil beneath our vineyard give our grapes their unique taste
Established in 2013 with the expert help of renowned wine consultant, Stephen Skelton, our 11,000 vines were planted the following year. They are a classic combination of Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes on a 10 acre site nestled in the beautiful Surrey Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
With a gently sloping south-easterly aspect, our naturally fertile sandy loam lies on a base of sandstone, part of the Hythe formation. The site shares a similar geology with the Montagne de Reims and Vallée de la Marne areas in the Champagne region of France (the latter being home to the famous Bollinger estate)
Our growing environment requires careful management to ensure the vines receive the appropriate balance of nutrients over the long-term. We work closely with our agronomist to sample vines and soil regularly, ensuring we apply the right amount of essential minerals in the right places.
To encourage healthy soil activity, we mulch our vine prunings which then rot down over the year to add vital organic matter. Additionally, alternate rows are subsoiled annually to help reduce compaction and aid drainage.