A LABOUR OF LOVE
I am part of a family obsessed with wine for 50 years. All I’ve ever known thanks to my parents is vineyards and wineries, from staggering around Chablis Grand Cru vineyards in my nappies, to making my first wine (pineapple!!) aged 13.
I met my wife Kaye at Durham University, a girl who stuck with me for years whilst I disappeared to Australia and France to do harvest for months on end. Marrying in 2008 we headed off to rural France to set up our first vineyard project at Chateau Verniotte in Castillon, Bordeaux. Although we still love the place, we wanted to start a family in England. And just at that time it had become clear, thanks to the work of others, that the chalk hills of England were capable of producing Sparkling Wines that were more than just good; that were world-class.
We decided to begin a sparkling wine project. We searched for and eventually found our perfect site on the rolling hills behind Marlow. Vines planted, two kids born, winery built and 7 years later we’re ready to delight the world with our fizz. Oh! and we also have a vineyard dog called Alfonse, he’s French, rescued from the streets of Bergerac!