Aldwick Estate is an absolutely stunning vineyard and wedding venue set in the Mendip hills in Somerset, just outside of Bristol and Bath.
The estate has been family-run for five generations and is today Somerset's largest vineyard at 11 acres of vines. The estate is headed up by managing director Sandy Luck. Sandy says Aldwick is "to balance respect for tradition with the drive for innovation".
The farm's 11 acres of vines include noble Champagne varieties like Pinot Noir. Steve Brooksbank, a local winemaker, uses Aldwick's grapes to make their range of premium still and sparkling English wines.
Despite being a relatively new vineyard, Aldwick Estate has produced award-winning wines every year since their 2013 vintage. Their mission is to secure the highest quality possible in every bottle.
The transformation of the farm to diversify into viticulture was completed under the guidance of the late Chris Watts. He planted around two acres of Seyval Blanc, Early Pinot Noir and Bacchus in 2008.
Later, Chris extended this into the nearby Woodlands, a south-westerly facing hillside overlooking Aldwick Lane. New varieties included Regent and Solaris, two hybrids, and plantings of later-ripening Pinot Noir and more Seyval Blanc and Bacchus. After Chris' extension there were nearly 9,000 vines planted over 9 acres at Aldwick.
In 2011, the original Bacchus vines in the first two acre plot were torn out and replaced with the earlier ripening Madeleine Angevine.