- Disabled Access
- Online Shop
- Tours Available
- Winery on Site
- Open all year
No tours run in January, but shop is open all year
- Booking advisable
- No Self-Guided Tour
- Cellar Door
Postcode: DT6 5JF
Tel: 01308 488991
Classic Cuvée 2013
A classic dry sparkling wine with abundant elegance made from a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Pinot Meunier. The colour is pale straw with a string of fine bubbles. It has enticing aromas of ripe apple and quince with hints of toasted brioche, oaty biscuit and nougat. On the palate the mousse is creamy with nutty nuances of roasted almond plus a few savoury notes from the yeasty complexity. There is a delicate saline structure alongside uplifting citrus acidity which gives freshness and vibrancy. The finish is crisp, dry and long.
Perfect for celebrations, served well-chilled as an aperitif alongside canapés such as smoked salmon blinis, smoked mackerel paté, angels-on-horseback, scallops wrapped in bacon, cheese gougères or mini mushroom vol-au-vents. Also good with salon-en-croute, creamy fish pie or fish and chips.
Furleigh Estate is set in the stunning Dorset countryside near Bridport, just 5 miles from the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The dinosaurs who wandered this land millions of years ago have laid down their bones to make the perfect soil to grow world-class still and sparkling wines.
Wildlife at the Vineyard
Furleigh Estate is 85 acres of vineyard, lakes and grazing land surrounded by woodland. The area is teaming with wildlife; buzzards fly overhead; deer, pheasants and partridge roam the vineyard, while heron fish regularly from the lakes to which our resident geese return each Spring.
Four years of careful planning and investment has transformed the former dairy farm into a modern and productive vineyard and winery.
Vines and Varieties
Over 22,000 vines grow on the south facing slopes of the Estate. 15,000 of these are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier used to produce classic quality sparkling wines. Bacchus and Rondo are also grown to produce fine still wines.
In the Winery
A 5,000 square foot winery was built in 2007. This now accommodates a specialist pneumatic press, designed to carry out the very gentle whole bunch pressing required for quality sparkling wines. Temperature controlled stainless steel tanks from Italy and Germany, oak barrels from Cognac and riddling and dosage machinery from Epernay in France complete the major equipment. A temperature controlled cellar provides the ideal conditions to store still wines and mature sparkling wines on their lees, so as to develop the best flavours and mousse possible.
Vineyard and Winery Tours
Furleigh Estate is well set up for visitors, running tours on at least a couple of days each week. Guests are shown around the vineyard and the winery with seemingly every detail thought out – including wellies to borrow if you need them. We found an engaging tour and convivial tasting when we visited.
Read our blog post on Furleigh Estate
Coming from Bridport take the B3162 towards Broadwindsor.
Go right through Salway Ash, passing the church and school. Leave the village passing the national speed limit sign and take the next right turn at the white finger post sign which says ‘Vineyard’. Pass a house on the corner and immediately after the yard belonging to the house there is a right turning over a cattle grid. This is Furleigh Estate. Take this drive through the field and to the car park and cellar door.
Coming from Beaminster, drive to Broadwindsor.
When you get to Broadwindsor take a left turn towards Bridport. Go for about 3 miles passing through the very small hamlet of North Bowood. You will come then to a turning on the left sign-posted Netherbury. Do not take this road but get ready to take the next left at the white finger post saying “Vineyard”. Left here, then right over the cattle grid and you have arrived.
The closest stations to Furleigh Estate are Crewkerne, Axminster, Maiden Newton and Dorchester.