I am the second generation winemaker for the family business, having grown up on the vineyard and gradually taken over the production side from my father. However, the story of Carr Taylor Vineyard can be traced right back to the tea gardens of Darjeeling in North East India.
Our beautiful vineyard is planted on gentle slopes on the southern edge of the Sussex Weald, itself an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The choice of site is vital for the success of a vineyard. A gently rolling, south-facing slope (which we have here) is the ideal, to ensure maximum exposure to any hours of sunshine and to minimise the potentially damaging effects of late spring/early summer frosts. Although we are lucky and have a sunnier micro-climate than much of the UK, we initially planted fast growing white poplars to act as windbreaks to protect the vines from cooler, stronger winds that can blow in from the sea.
However, these relatively 'new' varieties were given names unfamiliar and at times unpronounceable to a wary UK wine drinking public. However, about 8 varieties were selected for our vineyard and this is what we have grown for the last 35 years.
Varieties: Reichensteiner, Schonburger, Muller Thurgau, Gutenbourne, Read more »