We (Keith and Esther Willingale) became producers of English wine through a happy accident. In 1993, when Keith was coming to the end of his time as an engineering officer in the Royal Navy, we found that 5 acres of field adjacent to our property was changing hands. We took the opportunity to purchase, and then discovered that it provided a very good site for vines.
In developing a vineyard we are following in the footsteps of many before who have enjoyed the activity as semi-retirement, supported by a pension. We are very well supported in this endeavour by the largest processor of wine for other vineyards - the 3 Choirs at Newent - who vinify the grape juice under contract.
We firmly believe that the future for English wine is very promising. It is different to the mainstream of mainly Chardonnay - and is therefore interesting, which is a good start. It is also eminently quaffable - a ‘social’ wine, complementing conversation and food rather than being an overpowering presence. We Read more »