Dalwood Vineyard

Dalwood Vineyard was an idea first discussed twelve or so years ago, but like many good ideas it took a while to happen. Eventually, the subject came up again over a pint or two, and this time a group of six Dalwood villagers decided to make it happen. Backed by knowledge gained from a course on vine growing at Plumpton College and a willingness to learn, they planted the first vines in Dalwood Vineyard in 2009, the first acre devoted to seyval blanc.The following year three more varieties—solaris, madeleine angevine and pinot noir—were planted, giving a total area of three acres, about 3,000 vines. The varieties were chosen for their ability to deal with the unpredictability of the west country climate, reliably delivering a crop and offering options in terms of blending. The site is west to south-west facing on a gentle hill  overlooking the village.The vineyard started production with a sparkling wine, made from the grapes picked in 2013, and has now expanded to also produce a still white wine, made from a blend of solaris and madeleine angevine.

One of the highlights of a visit to Dalwood is the journey up the hill to the vineyard, and if you are lucky enough to visit on the right day, then a tractor ride up the hill can be provided, taking you to the hill top tasting point. Another attraction is Pinot, the resident collie, who is more than happy to show visitors around his vineyard!

As there is no winey on site, the grapes are taken over to Somerset where they are vinified by Brooksbank Barrs.