As well as the vineyard and orchard, there is an extensive kitchen garden, which is used to grow as much fruit and vegetables as possible for the Vineyard Kitchen and Farm Shop. This is constantly evolving with seasons and you will see this reflected in our menus in the Kitchen and produce in the Shop.
The vineyard itself comprises around 3000 vines, occupying just under 3 acres of rolling Devonshire countryside alongside the river Otter. Grapes growing include Seyval Blanc, Solaris, and Pinot Noir.
We have a cider orchard which contains approximately 40 trees, all local Devon varieties. We use these apples to make both delicious apple juice, and our lovely cider.
And then there is our rather unusual selection of edible plantings! Many of these were planted along the themes of ‘climate change’ (i.e., things which grow in warmer climates than that historically found in Devon) and ‘forgotten foods’ (i.e., things which were popular in times gone by but have fallen out of fashion, often in favour of imported foods).
The list includes:
- Szechuan peppercorns (which are the key flavour ingredient in our Heron Farm Gin)
- Japanese Plums
- Asian Pears
- Perry pears
We also want to highlight our ethos of sustainability and zero waste to landfill. This permeates everything we do and grow.
When planning and pruning here, we are constantly working with the land, encouraging it, nurturing it and being as environmentally conscious as possible. We also plan to generate all our own electricity in the near future.
We can’t wait for you to visit Heron Farm and see what you can spot growing!