At All Angels, our passion is to produce exquisite English Sparkling Wine from grapes grown only in our historic Berkshire vineyards. Our ethos is based on uncompromising quality in the vineyard, the winery and in bottle, balanced with sustainable methods, greater biodiversity, carbon capturing and engagement with nature across our estate.
In 2009 the Darley family became custodians of Church Farm. Larger than the weekend “lock-up and leave” originally intended, it was impossible not to fall in love with the historic house, the gardens, fields and ponds. Although still early days for English wine, Sunday evening discussions quickly turned from “Countryfile” Alpaca to vineyards. An exacting analysis was commissioned and produced a compelling report: the terroir was indeed ideal for growing grapes for outstanding English Sparkling Wine. The first vine was planted in May 2011 and the journey began.
The name All Angels is taken from Enborne’s C12th Parish Church, our nearest and oldest neighbour. Our shield reflects the unique story of Church Farm and its surroundings, spanning eight centuries and shaping the history of the Britain itself.
Each of our vineyards faces south with rolling slopes making the most of the sun’s rays throughout the year. Free draining sandy loam over green sand with warming gravel and flint and shallow clay deposits provide ideal growing conditions. Healthy soil is key to the finest grapes and we place great weight on ensuring we have the best through our sustainable practices.
Nurturing our vines is truly hands-on and this gives us a great understanding of their health. Hardly a day goes by when we will not be walking the rows, watching them develop and deciding on the next step to bring them to their peak.
Why not join us as we wander through the rows, either on a Guided Tour or as send us your details to become one of our Volunteer Network.
Our wish is to produce outstanding and distinctive English Sparkling Wines to be enjoyed on every occasion and in every environment. The All Angels experience should be memorable. Careful and studious blending is followed by a lengthy ageing process in bottle using the Traditional Method to give flavours and nuances that younger wines just don’t show. As they develop over time we open maturing bottles and pore over the colour, nose and flavour to see whether that vintage has reached its peak; only when it has do we release. There is no rush – heaven can wait: perfection takes time.
Each of our single vintage wines is unique, reflecting that year’s growing season and blending decisions. There is a vintage for everyone: which one is yours?
‘We are here for a short time, and we need to leave the land in a better place than it was found.’
A love and respect for nature have always featured high in our lives and we consider it an honour to be able to protect and improve the habitat of the richly diverse flora, fauna and birdlife with whom we share the land. Watching boxing hare, thermal gliding kite and jinking bat is a timeless privilege.
Holtwood has given us the chance to transform rough scrubland into a wildflower meadow interspersed with apple orchards and ponds to create a haven for birds, wild bees and wetland wildlife.
See our sustainable work in action, book a guided tour.
Mark Darley, Founder
Always one to enjoy mischief, while studying law he once tried to hold up Barclays Bank in Manchester dressed as a cowboy – it was for charity… Nicknamed “Snarley” during his 30+ years in the City, he has since mellowed – well, mainly – and laughs that he has swapped “1 hour on the Tube next to someone’s armpit” for a 3 minute commute with 3 Labradors. His love of the outdoors and nature was formed at a very early age, his love of fine wine in his early 20s and his love of All Angels in 2011.
Heading up Operations is Christine. With an eye for detail and the patience of a Saint, Christine has spearheaded the elegant restoration of both the farmhouse and our Tasting Barn at Church Farm. She is also instrumental in ensuring the smooth running of all of our guided, private and corporate events, no matter the requirements the team throws her way or the social media videos they drag her into.
Kay, DipWSET, Brand Strategy & Marketing
Kay’s passion for wine began in a wine shop with a view of the Teton Mountains and 30,000 bottles in the cellar, this evolved during her subsequent corporate career where she had the fortune of experiencing wine around the world. Following completion of a WSET wine course, Kay came to her senses and in 2019 switched corporate London for a career in wine. During her wine diploma studies
Kay visited the vineyard on a study trip and, falling for the views as well as the All Angels passion, ethos and style, joined the team shortly after.
Skeena, Copper & Kasi, Vineyard Guardian Angels
First through the gate in the morning and last out at night, the team patrol the vineyards clearing out any cheeky rabbit, pigeon, or pheasant trying to invade their territory. Fortunately, their instinct means that a swift whistle blast will stop them in their tracks if they make the mistake of chasing one of Mark's cherished hares. Apart from their professional roles, these adorable canines excel at various responsibilities including sniffing out hidden treasures, munching on grass, seeking undivided attention, and most importantly, diverting Mark's attention from his desk work.
Come and meet the team, book one of our guided tours.