Eastcott Vineyard

Nestled just outside a small village on the very edge of Dartmoor, and close to the market  town of Okehampton, Eastcott Vineyard has been created by owners Richard and Hilary Waller. The vineyard consists of around 6 acres of vines, divided into two fields. The first one contains the traditional Champagne grapes, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, the latter being the only Chardonnay growing in Devon that we know of.  It also has Rondo, a popular modern hybrid now grown extensively in England. The other field has been planted with further disease resistant hybrids, Seyval Blanc and Solaris.
All the Eastcott wines are both made on site, and made using grapes hand-picked from the attached vineyard.  The onsite winery is housed in a purpose built 260 metre square unit, and includes a temperature controlled wine store. It houses a modern pneumatic press, capable of the very gentle processing required to produce the highest quality juice, and variable capacity stainless steel tanks for controlled fermentation and storage.
Eastcott produces a range of internationally recognised English sparkling wines, including a sparkling rose, and all the sparklings are made on the premises, using the ‘methode traditionelle’. The bottles are aged on lees after secondary fermentation, before being riddled and disgorged by hand.  Richard & Hilary Waller give a very good descriptive talk telling you all about the process as well as some of the history behind sparkling wine production.
To complement the sparklings, the vineyard also produces a couple of whites and a rose.
For those who really want to completely immerse themselves into the vineyard experience, the vineyard also has a range of holiday cottages on site, so you can stay amongst the vines.