Creating hand-crafted wines in a very special place
The main vineyard is divided into two parcels. Ortega vines grow on the gently sloping land at the south of the site and the Pinot Noir vines grow on the steeply sloping land above. The site faces south towards Glastonbury Tor and has an unusual geology with tea green marl over over red marl divided by a layer of the mineral Celestine. This geological formation is rare and is the reason the land above the vineyard has been designated as the Ben Knowle Site of Special Scientific Interest.
The Ortega is cane pruned as double guyot on Vertical Shoot Positioned trellising with 10-15 canes per metre of canopy length.The For the Pinot we have chosen a higher yielding system. It is spur pruned on the Lyre trellising system first developed by Dr Alain Corbonneau in Bordeaux in the 1980s. Lyre trellising works well on a high potential site like ours where fertility is high and vine vigour needs to be balanced by increased fruit production.