Try a'Beckett's: Award-winning wine from Devizes
a'Beckett's is a family-owned vineyard in a beautiful Wiltshire setting in south-west England. They produce a range of quality still and sparkling wines with 65% of their vineyard planted with Pinot Noir. The 11-acre vineyard was established in 2001 by Paul and Lynn Langham and is today Wiltshire's largest vineyard with nearly 10,000 vines.
a'Beckett's first vintage was 2003 from its own vines. Well-drained, the soil provides a great plot for making fruity and fresh styles of wine, as well as being ideal conditions for sparkling wine production. The plot sits around 55-60m above sea level and is sheltered from prevailing westerly winds, a common problem in English vineyards.
Alongside the 11 acres of vines, a'Beckett's also has 6 acres of apple trees and recently planted 10 varieties of perry trees as well. This contributes to the apple juice and cider production done on site at a'Beckett's. This side venture is also a great way for the Langhams to involve locals with community pressing. They also press cider and apple juice for other orchard farms.
a'Beckett's are eco-minded and all of their wines have been certified as free of animal products by the Vegan Society. The Langhams have also worked with United Glass to introduce bottles that are 10% lighter to improve the carbon footprint of the distribution of their wines and ciders.
In the trade, Paul has been a prominent figure in the promotion of English wine. a'Beckett's, as a member of the UK Vineyard Association (UKVA) and Wessex Vineyard Association (WVA), Paul served as regional and national chair of the UKVA from 2012 - 2015.