Style of Wine - Pinot Noir Reds

The Pinot Noir grape is widely grown in England and Wales, being one of the three classic champagne varieties, but what about making red wine from Pinot Noir? On the one hand, it seems a good idea, being a cooler climate red grape, not requiring a longer sunny season like a Nebbiolo or a Syrah that we could never achieve here to ripen nicely. However, it is also a notably fickle and sensitive grape and the vagaries of the British climate are not always kind.

The fact that Pinot Noir is grown here for sparkling wine doesn’t necessarily mean it’s suitable for red wine production as a greater acidity is acceptable in sparkling wine and a low yield may be sufficient to produce enough to add in the blend for fizz, while not being high enough for a commercial red.

We did a quick survey of people who know what they are talking about in the world of English wine and asked them to recommend good reds from Pinot Noir. Those with a cellar door open to the public are as shown below.

Other respected Pinot Noir reds are produced by vineyards not open to the public, notably Gusbourne, Davenport and Welcombe Hills.

Plumpton Estate

Plumpton Estate

Tours and events only
Denbies Wine Estate

Denbies Wine Estate

Open all year
Bolney Wine Estate

Bolney Wine Estate

Open all year
Chapel Down

Chapel Down

Open all year
Three Choirs Vineyard

Three Choirs Vineyard

Open all year
Setley Ridge

Setley Ridge

Open all year
Sharpham Estate

Sharpham Estate

Seasonal opening