Heron Farm’s vineyard was planted in 2010/2011, and comprises around 3000 vines, occupying just under 3 acres of rolling Devon countryside alongside the river Otter. Grapes grown include Seyval Blanc, Solaris, and Pinot Noir.
The first two varieties were chosen because of their resistance to many of the common diseases that afflict vines growing in cooler Northern climates, notably downy and powdery mildew. This level of innate resistance means we are able to use much lower levels of pesticides than other vineyards growing more classical grape varieties. This ties in with our overall ethos which is to be as sustainable and environmentally conscious as we can.
We use these grapes to make our award-winning sparkling wine, a still rosé wine, and still white wine.
The small size of our vineyard means we do not have our own winery on site, instead we work with the reputed and award-winning winemakers Simon Day of Haygrove Evolution winery, and Steve Brooksbank of Bagborough Vineyard winery. We make small batches of wine, reflecting both the terroir and the vintage year.