We planted the first phase of the vineyard, ably assisted by our four children, in April 2006, with a further plantation in April 2007.
The vineyard currently comprises two sites surrounding our home at The Ancre Hill on the outskirts of Monmouth town. The Folly View site of 6 acres is principally planted with Chardonnay and Albariño. The newer Town site of 3 acres is totally dedicated to Pinot Noir. Further plantings at Newton Court Farm from 2016 will eventually bring our total plantings to around 12 hectares.
Both our current sites are south facing on well draining, limestone soils and the long hours of sunshine and comparatively low rainfall in our little valley all combine to make it an ideal location for vines.
Set in the middle of the Wye Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty, the vineyard is blessed with its own unique meso-climate, surrounded by tree topped hills on all sides, with the famous Brecon Beacons to the north. The adoption of Biodynamic practices from 2011 should help us maintain our beautiful piece of Wales and protect the integrity of our vines.
The concept of ‘Biodynamic agriculture’ was proposed by the philosopher and scientist Rudolf Steiner through a series of lectures called “The Agriculture Course,” held in Koberwitz, Germany between the 7th and 16th of June, 1924. The course provided farmers with an alternative to the ever more industrialised nature of agriculture. We practice farming which stays true to the principles set out by Steiner, adapted to our Vineyard site for the present day.
Come and visit us at our Cellar Door, browse around our shop and taste some of our wines. Or why not enjoy our cheese platter lunch using only Welsh cheeses, washed down by a glass of Estate wine. Or take advantage of one of our guided vineyard tours and enjoy the ambience of the vineyard. Looking for a birthday or Christmas present? – then our Adopt-a-Vine offering is an ideal choice.
We look forward to welcoming you to our home at Ancre Hill Vineyard.
Richard and Joy.