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Davenport Vineyard

Where are they?

Davenport Vineyard is based on Limney Farm, which is in East Sussex, England.

How big is the vineyard?

20 acres.

Grape Varieties

Bacchus, Faber, Ortega, Reichensteiner – all grape varieties that have indigenous and Germanic roots.

The Story

Like many of our vineyards this business is still family owned and run, but the man in charge is Will Davenport who first planted his vines in 1991. He turned away from the convention of what most from his background would do and decided that wine was the way forward. He trained at Roseworthy College in Australia and has worked in vineyards in Alsace, California and Australia. Even though he understands the importance of having had a technical training he has always been enthusiastic about making wine in the most natural way possible, and above all has always aimed for the highest quality wines. His philosophy of small-scale production gives him the chance to make truly unique, interesting and delicious wines.

The end result is a grape that has been grown as naturally as possible, made into wine with the minimum amount of intervention by the winemaker and almost no additives. The wines should have a pureness of character and a range of complex flavours that can only come from the soils of their vineyard.

The wine should be a bit like a fingerprint taken from the land - a unique expression of what the grapevine can achieve.

“Davenport, Limney Estate Blanc de Blancs 2005 based on (organically grown) Reichensteiner was so well made that I felt it could have been a particularly brisk Blanc de Blancs champagne." Jancis Robinson, March 2011