Sharpham Vineyard

Sharpham is just about as close to an idyllic setting as you are ever going to encounter. This five hundred acre farm dates back well over a thousand years, and is nestled into a bend of the stunningly beautiful River Dart, which winds its way through the steeply wooded valley, before emerging into the sea at nearby Dartmouth. The vineyard itself is just a couple of miles downriver from the historic town of Totnes, itself well worth a visit during your time in Devon.

Sharpham produce what is probably the widest range of wines in Devon, including no fewer than three sparkling wines, four whites, three reds and a couple of roses.

The whites are predominantly made from the Madeleine Angevine grape, with some also including Phoenix and Bacchus, while the reds use Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir Precocé and Rondo. The sparkling wines use a wide variety of grapes, including Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay.

As well as visiting the vineyard, you can see the full range of Sharpham cheese being produced as there is a viewing window in the purpose built creamery, which is situated right beside the winery. The cheeses use rich milk from Sharpham’s own herd of Jersey cattle and vegetarian rennet, and their unpasteurised cheeses have been so well received that demand now far exceeds supply.