After setting up his own vineyard, he started to advise and contribute to the establishment and running of more than a dozen other vineyards in the South West.
Although a great lover of wine, Cat is new to the winemaking industry, having completed 18 years in the Royal Navy. Finally putting her biochemistry degree to good use in the winery, she is beginning to take on the role of winemaker, in addition to working alongside Tim in the vineyard.
The final member of the team is the vineyard dog. Willie is the newest member of the team, and oversees the vineyard work, keeping some of the unwanted wildlife at bay. He is also responsible for security, so is likely to be the first member of the team you see.
Our tours start in the vineyard, bringing you up to date with the vines development since pruning in the winter. We also talk about the impact of any recent weather has had on the vines. We then move into the winery, to show you what is involved in making award winning wines. The tour then concludes with a tasting of 3 of our wine. Each tour lasts about 1 hour, but do allow more time, to take in the views and enjoy the tasting.
Our vineyard benefits in may ways from the tors of Dartmoor. The moors act as a rain belt, reducing the amount of rain falling into the vineyard. The tors also reduce the wind, which would normally push away any heat accumulated amongst the vines.
The Devon climate is key to everything we do. The late “Indian summer” gives us the extra ripening we need, and the winters provide the cold temperatures to gently settle wine without wasting fast amount of electricity to chill the wines.