Heron Farm was born in September 2018, when Christine and Peter Helliwell decided to up sticks, chuck in their sensible office jobs, and move their young family from a new build house in suburban Edinburgh to Devon, to own and run a vineyard.
You might call it a midlife crisis!
Although they were not looking for a vineyard, when they stumbled across the property, they fell in love with it.
Steep learning curves in viticulture and the marketing and selling of wine followed. As did the realisation that a small vineyard in an unpredictable climate was not a reliable way to make a living. And so they decided to open the site up to visitors by opening a Vineyard Kitchen and Farm Shop. The project snowballed a little when they decided to add in a few extras such as a walled garden and play park.
A year of building, landscaping and designing later and Heron Farm opened its doors to visitors in September 2020.