This year we will be drinking Castlewood from both 2015 and 2016 Vintages.
The 2015 Vintage commenced with a cool but dry spring. This lead to a later than average flowering but good fruit set and consistent dry days. Harvest was pushed back to late October taking full benefit of our long growing season. The resultant wines are bursting with citrus and overwhelming fruit concentration. Both the NV Rose Brut and Vintage 2015 Brut are from this year.
The 2016 growing season consisted of a warm steady spring with a light spattering of rain at flowering, this lead to reduced crop loads, followed by a lack of rain in the late summer, leading to small bunch sizes. Very balanced youthful wines for early drinking ensued which is displayed very nicely in our NV Brut made from grapes predominantly from the 2016 Vintage.
What festival isn’t complete without a Cocktail Bar? Situated in the main field next to the wine tent. It’s been a long winter so we’ve all been putting our heads together trialling some new flavours.
Where we can we’ll be introducing west country variations on some favourite recipes, watch this space….
Swanaford Estate is a small, family vineyard hand-crafting superb sparkling and still wines on south east-facing slopes of the Teign Valley, six miles to the south west of Exeter. We’ll be showcasing their Estate White, a crisp, fresh and fruity wine, aromatic and dry. Made from a blend of Siegerrebe and Schonberger grapes, it has hints of lychee, passion fruit and peaches.
Yearlstone Vineyard have supported every Castlewood Wine Festival since 2012. Their wines, ingeniously numbered 1-6 always sell out. Yearlstone boasts to be Devon’s oldest vineyard. Originally planted by pioneering English viticulturist Gillian Pearkes in 1976
Good friends of Castlewood Vineyard, Dalwood Vineyard are just a stone’s throw away, in a neighbouring village. Growing a selection of both still and sparkling wine varieties, Dalwood Vineyard are in their 7th year of production. Comprising of a group of 4 friends, all brimming with community spirit. Dalwood vineyard will be showcasing their newly released 2018 still wine.
Classic English wines are produced at Sharpham vineyard as a result of a happy marriage of soil, climate and grape variety known as terroir. Perched on a meandering bend lf the river Dart, Sharpham is arguable one of Devon’s most beautiful vineyard locations. In the winery, they employ both New World and traditional techniques, combining new plantings with some old vine parcels
A select sample of Sharpham’s diverse range will be available both by the glass and bottle.
Relentlessly driven by the potential of what our industry can achieve, Lyme Bay strive to make the best wine, from the best grapes, from the best growers. Grapes are selected from growers from across the country. The wines they craft reflect a natural affinity to the south west’s renowned fish dishes and coastal vistas, both in style and character. The result; a range of still and sparkling English Wines that have captured the imagination of many and achieved incredible international award success. A full selection of Lyme Bay’s wines will be available both by the glass and bottle.
Sam Linter, daughter of the founders, Janet and Rodney, heads up the winemaking team at Bolney. She is joined by Winemaker and Winery Manager Liz Morgan and Winemaker Alex Rabagliati. Their unique winemaking style sets Bolney Estate apart from the competition, with their fruit driven and linear style wines.
Their Estate is located on the edge of the South Downs, about 14 miles from the south coast. It consists of five unique vineyard sites. Sue Osgood, the Vineyard Manager works hard with the team throughout the year caring for the vines. As one of the longest established English vineyards, they have been making award winning wines at for over 40 years.
In order to quench the thirst of our slightly less enthusiastic wine drinkers, old favourites, Calvors English Lager, Jack Ratt Cider and Otter Brewery will also be supporting the festival. Plus new for 2019 the Lyme Regis Brewery.
Sponsoring the ‘Brewery Stage’, the Lyme Regis Brewery have been crafting award-winning artisan beers on the Jurassic Coast since 2010. The brand, founded in 2010, has established itself as a reputable micro-brewery in its little corner of Dorset
A new team have taken the helm of the micro brewery in 2018. Supported by their crew of family and friends, they look to continue to craft great beer and share it with friends and visitors alike.