Langham Estate is a family-owned farm in Dorset. Its heart is the Grade 1 listed Melcombe manor house, acquired by John Langham in 1980. The vineyard was established by John on a minute scale before his son, Justin, decided to plant another 30 acres at their Crawthorne farm in 2009. The vineyard today has a south-facing aspect, renowned chalk soils and a microclimate that's perfect for ripening the noble varieties of Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier.
The family have a biodiverse approach and employ canopy management and the natural environment to help reduce the amount of chemicals used. Once the fruit is harvested, it goes to the Langham winery, housed in a characterful old barn, where it will end up in either temperature controlled steel tanks or French barriques. As the winery is within metres of the vineyard, grapes can be processed quickly, preserving their quality. The wines are made by Justin Langham and winemaker Tommy Grishaw.