Best Essex Vineyards: West Street Vineyard, Coggleshall
Wine Speciality: White still and sparkling. Rose still and sparkling wines.
Ethos: Bringing the New World wine experience to Essex at their boutique micro-vineyard.
Lovely local food and interesting wines served in a stunning setting are best shared with family and friends.
The West Street Story:
The Mohan family bought the vineyard in 2009. They loved wine and considered buying a vineyard in France, but they knew that they’d miss home. The Coggleshall vineyard was the solution, matching their love of wine with their love of Essex. The vines were 300 years old and very much in need of attention. Now, they showcase regional wines and offer over 20 English wines to sample from their dedicated wine wall in the Wine Barn’s café restaurant.
New For 2019:
The 2017 white has won an international wine award and the West Street Vineyard team can’t make enough of it to keep up with demand which is a wonderful position to be in! The 2018 vintage is looking really good too...
Where: West Street Wine Barn, West Street, Coggleshall, Essex CO6 1NS
Tel: 01376 563303
More info: weststreetvineyard.co.uk
Best Essex Vineyards: New Hall Vineyard, Purleigh
Wine Speciality: Bacchus, Bacchus Fume and Barons Red. Smooth, elegant, well-balanced whites to suit everyone.
They nurture the process from grape to glass. The family has been producing fine quality wine since 1969.
The New Hall Story:
The first vines were planted by Bill and Sheila Greenwood at New Hall Farm in 1969. In 1970, they bought additional vines from Germany. The first 18 bottles of wine were produced in the Greenwoods’ kitchen. Nowadays, it has expanded greatly with the capacity to produce 350,000 bottles per year. It is still kept within the Greenwood family, three generations on and they have won an array of awards. As one of the largest vineyards in East Anglia, New Hall also provides contract winemaking services to other successful regional growers.
New For 2019:
To celebrate New Hall’s 50th anniversary, they have released a Golden Edition Range – 2017 Chardonnay, 2017 Purlai Red and 2017 White Hart.
Where: New Hall Vineyard, Chelmsford Road, Purleigh, Essex CM3 6PN
T: 01621 828 343
More info: newhallwines.co.uk
Best Essex Vineyards: Crouch Ridge Vineyard, Althorne
Wine Speciality: Bacchus and Pinot Noir grapes. Red, white and rose varieties; both still and sparkling wines.
Ethos: Exquisite wine shared with friends old and new.
To grow and produce fine wines and combine them with good, local food. Add to that a beautiful place to sit and relax with family and friends overlooking the vineyard and River Crouch.
The Crouch Ridge Story
Owners, Ross and Samantha are both fifth generation Essex farmers, so they have a long history of working the land locally. The first vines were planted at Crouch Ridge in May 2012. They chose Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes as they are best suited to the climate, soil and conditions at Althorne. The two Champagne varieties were selected specifically because they produce single estate varietal still and sparkling wines.
New For 2019
Their first sparkling rose wine made from Pinot Noir grapes and the Althorne White Reserve Wine.
Where: Crouch Ridge Vineyard, Althorne Hall Farm, Fambridge Road, Althorne, Essex CM3 6BZ
More info: crouchridge.com