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The Vineyard

In 2010 Mark Darley commissioned a detailed viticultural survey of a south facing field at the family farm. The survey came back with a glowing report: perfect slopes in angle and aspect, great altitude for growing capricious Chardonnay and wonderful free draining soil. In 2011 the plunge was taken and the first All Angels vineyard planted with a mix of the classic varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Gris but also early fruiting Rondo. Such was the success that another vineyard of pure Chardonnay was planted in 2015 and a third (Holtwood) in 2020 bringing the total size to 6 ha, each with their own unique qualities, producing different wines in the same year.

A Year In Vines

The start of the year is largely a period of dormant recovery. Bud-burst occurs from mid-April onwards and is a critical time. For two years in a row, the harvest was hit hard by harsh air-frosts that struck during bud-burst, freezing the buds then covering them with a layer of frost that acted like a magnifying glass when the sun rose, burning the buds to a shrivel.

Spring and Summer are exciting times to wander the vineyards, watching the development of the leaves from tiny peeping youngsters, through their teenage, bright green growth into established, maturing canopies.

Around mid-Autumn, bunches of grapes are sent off to our award-winning winemaker and team for analysis to work out whether and when the crop should be picked - not all varieties ripen and are picked at the same time but when the green light is given, the teams swoop into action to harvest and deliver the grapes as quickly as they can. Confirmation of the weight of harvest is given and vineyard returns submitted to the Food Standards Agency.


Nine years after we planted our first vineyard, almost to the day, the VineWorks team were back again, planting Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc in our latest vineyard. Their German subcontractors arrived and started planting on 13th May, the day after one of the latest air frosts we have seen devastated many of the vineyards across England. Luckily these young vines won't yet be affected by frost.

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We are here for a short time, and we need to leave the land in a better place than it was found. 

This is the mantra that drives our commitment to sustainability and our decision making here at All Angels. With this front of mind, we began a series of updates to Church Farm in 2021 to benefit not just the vineyards but also their neighbouring areas, encouraging greater biodiversity, carbon capturing and engagement with nature. These projects are transitioning rough scrubland into a sea of meadow-flowers and surrounding nature ponds, interspersed with apple orchards: a haven for birds, wild bees and wetland wildlife. This will give us 23 tonnes of carbon capture per year in and around the vineyards. A study at the farm, by a research team at the University of Exeter, found seven different species of bat and these along with deer, badger, hare, fox, snake, red kite, buzzard, kestrel, cuckoo and owl are regularly seen. 

It will take a few years to achieve, but gradually, over time we will be able to share our vision with the community and it will be a stunning location for events, and for future generations.

We are members of the Sustainable Wine of Great Britain Group.

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The Vineyard

The Vineyard

In 2010 Mark Darley commissioned a detailed viticultural survey of a south facing field at the family farm. The survey came back with a glowing report: perfect slopes, great altitude and wonderful free draining soil.

The Story

The Story

The parish church of St. Michael and All Angels dates from at least the 12th century although some say has features that date it to much earlier times, possibly Saxon.

News & Events

News & Events

Find out about the latest news and events from the Vineyard, what challenges we face and how the vines are growing.