White Castle Vineyard is a Welsh vineyard situated near the market towns of Abergavenny and Monmouth it is owned and run by Robb and Nicola Merchant.
Having purchased the 12 acre small holding in 1995 they converted the milking parlour into their home a year later, however it was 2008 before the dream of owning a vineyard become a reality, the 5 acre gently sloping, south facing field was purchased, soil tests were performed and vines ordered.
May 2009 saw the planting of 4000 vines, the varieties of vines planted were Pinot Noir, Regent, Rondo, Seyval Blanc & Phoenix, now there was no turning back, May 2010 saw a further planting of 800 vines this variety being Siegerrebe.
May 2019 marked their 10 year Anniversary since first planting and to mark this milestone they have planted a further 2000 vines these varieties are Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc.
Robb & Nicola have attended Plumpton College East Sussex to study viticulture, this training giving them the skills needed to produce quality Welsh Wines.
A message from Robb & Nicola
Our aim is to produce Quality Welsh Wines.
We are very passionate about what we do here at White Castle Vineyard and are always striving to be as good as we possibly can be.
We feel very privileged to have a vineyard here in Abergavenny.
We believe that quality wine making starts in the vineyard.
We have carefully selected varieties that we know will grow well in our soil and produce grapes of the highest possible quality in the micro climate of the vineyard.
The grapes are closely monitored, as they ripen they will be carefully hand harvested and selected, then immediately transported to the winery for pressing to ensure we retain all the freshness and fruity aromas intact.
New Hall Vineyards is a family run English Wine Producer with over 100 acres of vines. Established in 1969, New Hall Vineyards is renowned in East Anglia for its award winning wines that have been produced by the Greenwood family for three generations.
At New Hall Vineyards, we don't just grow the grapes to produce our award winning wines. By pressing, crushing, fermenting and bottling them in our winery, we nurture the process ourselves from grape to glass. This has been the secret to our success since 1969, and all members of the New Hall team are proud to present wine of an award winning quality in every drop.
Our wide variety of wines are perfect for the every day, a celebration, entertaining friends, family dinners, in local pubs or breath taking restaurants, such as The Shard in London.
Our story started in 2012 when we had the opportunity to buy some agricultural land next to the house. We already knew from previous research that the valley around Toppesfield was heavily planted with vines in Roman Times; this theory was supported by the discovery in the 1800s of the remains of a Roman centurion, his sword blade, metal wine vase and small cups in the field where we have planted the current vineyard. This history gave us the inspiration to create a 21st century vineyard in the rolling hills around Toppesfield.
We started marking out the ground for the vineyard in the winter of 2012 following advice from McNeill Vineyard Management Ltd (MVM) on the best site and grape varieties for our particular location and soil type. The ground is a fertile chalk subsoil overlain by a clay loam. The easterly and westerly winds that blow through the vineyard provide good air circulation which, combined with high levels of sunshine in East Anglia, help create an ideal growing environment for vines.
We chose Bacchus as our main white grape variety. It is a ‘cool climate’ grape which has proven to be very successful in East Anglia’s dry and sunny climate. It has hints of gooseberry and elderflower and really does evoke sensations of English hedgerows in early summer.
We selected Pinot Noir Fruhburgunder, an early ripening red grape, which makes excellent rosé wine in our climate.
After incorporating 30 tonnes of green compost into the soil we planted 3,400 Bacchus and 500 Pinot Noir Fruhburgunder vines in April 2012.
Welcome to Tuffon Hall. We are a modern, boutique vineyard in the heart of East Anglia and we produce elegant, award-winning wines of the highest standard.
Whilst we’ve only been producing wine since 2014, our family have been working this land for four and a half generations.
Since 1910 our family has been involved in producing quality crops for the drinks industry. From our roots of growing malting barley for local beer and whisky, to our Bacchus, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier that we first planted in 2011.
We have a deep-seated connection to our land and are committed to treating it sustainably and with respect.
At the heart of our wines is an unfailing commitment to quality and the craft of viticulture. All our vines are worked by hand and we will never machine pick.
We believe that this gentle consideration goes along way to ensuring that our wines perfectly represent the terroir of our vineyard and continue to win awards and accolades.
Castle Hedingham’s wine-growing tradition stretches back to Norman times. The current vineyard was planted in 2011 and our family have carefully farmed the area for over 100 years. Our specially selected grapes thrive in the terroir and currently go into the four wines which we produce.
Our wines are named after the ‘half’ generation of the family, our three daughters Amelie, Beatrice and Charlotte.