An English country vineyard



On a recent sunny summer’s day, our photographer, Simon Peel, declared the light was ‘perfect’ for him to vacate the office in favour of a jaunt to one of our local vineyards. Camera in hand, he reports back on how the English vintage is progressing in what has been – this weekend’s storms aside – a remarkably clement season.

Coates & Seely, the Hampshire winemakers located just a stone’s throw from Berry Bros & Rudd’s Basingstoke HQ, kindly opened its gates to Simon, giving him free reign to document the vineyard’s mid-summer goings on. Here, his photographs show the vineyards in the peak of the growing months.


The chalk-soil based New Wooldings vineyard, which wouldn’t look out of place is Epernay, is planted with a mixture of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier vines.


Vineyard manager Paulo Veloso is in charge of keeping the Wooldings sites in top condition, looking after the health of the vines and ensuring the fruit ripens in the best-possible conditions.


Scraps of vine leaves atop Paulo’s trusty tractor.


The Old Wooldings vineyard, which sits between 50 and 100m above sea-level in the v-shaped valley above the famous River Test.


Old root stock and new vines at Coates & Seely.


A number of fermentation methods are used, including French oak barrels, variable capacity stainless-steel tanks and these ‘Mork & Mindy’-esque concrete eggs.


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