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Postcode: CO9 4LX
Tel: 01787 237228
The story of Toppesfield Vineyard started in 2012 when the owners had the opportunity to buy some agricultural land next to the house. They already knew that the local valley was heavily planted with vines in Roman times and decided to follow suit.
The ground for the vineyard started being marked out in the winter of 2012 following advice on the best site and grape varieties for the particular location and soil type.
The ground is a fertile chalk subsoil overlain by a clay loam. The easterly and westerly winds that blow through the vineyard provide good air circulation which, combined with high levels of sunshine in East Anglia, help create an ideal growing environment for vines.
Bacchus was chosen as the main white grape variety. It is a ‘cool climate’ grape which has proven to be very successful in East Anglia’s dry and sunny climate. It has hints of gooseberry and elderflower and really does evoke sensations of English hedgerows in early summer.
In addition, Pinot Noir Fruhburgunder, an early ripening red grape was planted with a view to making rosé.
Previous research had already shown that the valley around Toppesfield was heavily planted with vines in Roman Times; this theory was supported by the discovery in the 1800s of the remains of a Roman centurion, his sword blade, metal wine vase and small cups in the field where the current vineyard is planted. This history inspired the creation of a 21st century vineyard in the rolling hills around Toppesfield.