Our vineyard

Astley Vineyard is one of the oldest in the UK. Now in our 50th year, we produce less than ten thousand bottles of boutique wine per year.

Astley Vineyard - drone 2020

THE VINEYARD

Established in 1971, there were originally four vineyard plots on our ten acre estate. At the time, Astley Vineyard was widely regarded to be the most northerly vineyard in the world. Today, just the best single five acre plot remains, from which we make all of our boutique and award winning wines.

  • Planted on Triassic sandstone loam
  • Eastward sloping
  • A relatively exposed site
  • Rows oriented to maximise airflow
  • Deep adjacent valley
  • Half a mile away from River Severn
  • Nearby ancient woodland
  • 100ft away from our winery & shop
Drone image of Astley Vineyard taken in 2020

Organic

In 2021, Astley Vineyard proudly became organic (non certified). Although our vineyard has historically been environmentally-minded, a brand new tractor purchase with under-vine cultivator in 2021 allowed us to finally replace the use of glyphosate. All we spray now is sulphur, seaweed & copper. Find out more here.

In the winery, these practices are reflected in our sparing use of SO2, complete lack of fining, and ever-reducing use of filtration. Grapes and wine are beautiful things, naturally.

“Wine is made in the vineyard, not the winery“

OUR GRAPES

Astley Vineyard - kerner grapes

KERNER

The pride of Astley Vineyard. Planted in 1971, this uncommon vinifera cross of Riesling & Trollinger is rarely found in the UK. Late ripening, this rare variety produces steely, elegant wines that often improve with bottle age. When picked early, it has a simple elegance that is similar to Riesling, Grüner Veltliner or Pinot Blanc. When picked late, it is far more opulent, rich and aromatic.

Due to its immense vigour, Kerner is managed differently in our vineyard. The crown is raised high, and the growth is trained downwards to expend excess energy.

Kerner’s spiritual home is in Alto Adige in Italy, but it is also increasingly found in Japan and Canada.

BACCHUS

Planted in 2007, Bacchus has fast become England’s quintessential still white wine variety. A cross of Sylvaner x Riesling, with Müller-Thurgau, it displays fresh green apple and grass flavours when picked early, and more elderflower and richness as it ripens. A highly approachable, drinkable, and reliable variety.

MADELEINE ANGEVINE

Planted in 1979, Madeleine is a cross of Madeleine Royale and Précoce de Malingre. Early ripening, it is a soft, delicate variety that produces floral wines. Madeleine is a fantastic blending component, and it shows promise for ageing.

SIEGERREBE

Planted in 1996, Siegerrebe is a notoriously hard-to-establish variety that seems to thrive in our vineyard. A cross of Madeleine Angevine and Gewürztraminer, it is a blush, early ripening variety that is immensely aromatic. When picked early, it shows fresh lychee and passionfruit flavours. As it ripens (and with extended skin contact) it shows strawberry, potpourri and rosehip.

We can also leave this variety on the vine, and pick it extremely late to make our Late Harvest (when the vintage allows)

Astley Vineyard - Siegerrebe grapes

We also grow small amounts of Sauvignon Blanc & Pinot Noir.

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