Toppesfield Vineyard

FEATURE KEY

  • Online Shop
  • Vineyard Trail

OPENING PERIOD

  • Order collection only

OPENING DAYS

  • Saturday

TOURS

  • Booking required

SELF-GUIDED TOURS

  • Vineyard Trail

SHOP TYPE

  • Cellar Door

GET INVOLVED

  • Help with Harvest

CONTACT DETAILS

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.

Terroir

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.

Grape varieties

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.

Roman Discoveries

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.

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