The 250 vines (white: Phoenix, Seyval Blanc, Schoenburger & Chardonnay and red: Regent, Dornfelder, Triomphe & Pinot Noir) were planted 15 years ago. They are pruned by either the spur or Guyot (cane) method.
The first wine was made, at The Down House, in 2008 and 300 bottles were made from the 2019, the most drinkable being the rosé according to our daughter! See Wine-making ...
Our climate is now such that these grape varieties, traditionally associated with the champagne region of France and other parts of the world, can be successfully grown in the south of England and produce award-winning sparkling wine.