The vineyard sits just to the west of the medieval Cinque Port town of Winchelsea, steeped in wine trading history. This Sussex coastal location just a mile from the sea provides a beneficial climate, having higher night time temperatures, reducing the risk of frosts and helping to ripen the grapes. The carefully chosen aspect of the slopes and the soil that the vines are planted in is perfect for growing these varieties of grapes.
The terroir mirrors that of the Grand Crus in Burgundy and Chablis, the home of some of the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines worldwide. When we planted, we selected higher quality much lower yielding clones from the best of these French regions.
The Palmer family’s historic medieval farmhouse is owned by the National Trust. Originally Wickham Manor would have stood within the town boundaries of Winchelsea. Between the sea and the French, most of Old Winchelsea was brought down, but Wickham Manor and a network of old cellars running underneath Winchelsea are some of the last remnants of the former town.