How it started
In the beginning ...
The idea of planting a vineyard came from my final year dissertation at university back in 2005.
Its aims were to examine the viability of planting a vineyard on an English Farm. As part of this I visited many of the vineyards in the UK (there weren’t many at this time) and it became clear that the style of wine which had the most potential was sparkling.
Dreams become reality
Partnerships & Planting
In 2006 we became partners with the award winning Ridgeview Wine Estate and the vines were ordered shortly thereafter. Things were now in motion.
I went to New Zealand to do a Vintage and increase my knowledge of viticulture.
By 2007 the vines were ready to planted, we started by planting 46,000 vines over 28 acres and then 2008 saw a further 38,000 vines planted over 22 acres. The most recent planting in 2011 saw an extra 5 acres of Pinot Noir vines being planted in memory of my Grandmother who passed away that year.
After planting 84,000 vines, putting in 84,000 support rods, hitting in over 10,000 line posts and over 500 end posts the vineyard was complete. We cared for the vines for 2 and a half years and in 2009 we were rewarded with our first small crop of grapes.
Over the next few years we honed our knowledge of the vineyard and use it to produce the best grapes possible.
Doing things right
Looking after the environment has always been a key part of Tinwood Estate’s role and in 2010 we entered the Entry Level Stewardship scheme.
A small percentage of the grapes is made under our own label ‘Tinwood Estate’ and this was first available in limited quantities at the end of 2011.
I hope you enjoy drinking our wine as much we enjoyed making it.