Top Wineries of Great Britain 2021: 17 to 20

Top Wineries of Great Britain 2021 Feature Week

17. Davenport Vineyards

Location: East Sussex

Best known for: Organic sparkling and still wine production in Kent and Sussex since 1991 thanks to Roseworthy graduate Will Davenport’s conversion of the vineyards, 10 hectares over five parcels of land, to organic production in 2000.

While Davenport’s Limney Estate Chardonnay Pinot Noir blend is a top-quality fizz, Davenport is equally well-known for its still wines, including the fragrantly fruity Horsmonden blend of bacchus and ortega.

18. Exton Park Vineyard

Location: Hampshire

Best known for: A unique style brought to this estate on the chalky slopes of the South Downs, owned by the packaged fresh salads and watercress magnate, Malcolm Isaac, who took on French winemaker Corinne Seely after she visited to buy the grapes for nearby Coates and Seely.

With a new winery built to her specifications, Corinne has built up what she calls a ‘library’ of reserve wines from different plots and years, and from this year on, she creates cuvées only from reserve blends with up to 32 reserves in each blend, notably the RB32 Brut, RB23 Rosé and RB28 Blanc de Noirs.

19. Henners Vineyard

Location: East Sussex

Best known for: While it has three hectares of vineyards of its own less than five miles from the south coast, Henners doesn’t rely on a single site, soil or terroir, but works with growers to create something greater than the sum of the individual parts.

Plumpton-trained winemaker Collette O’Leary, who made sparkling wine in California and South Africa before joining Henners in 2019, is making wines of seamless quality and almost Champagne-like balance, most notably the Vintage and Blanc de Blancs.

20. Rathfinny Wine Estate

Location: East Sussex

Best known for: Being a large single vineyard site on a south-facing, chalky slope in the South Downs. Established in 2010 by Mark and Sarah Driver, believers in a Sussex PDO, with a first harvest in 2014, the inaugural wines were released to substantial acclaim in 2018.

Now headed up by Tony Milanowski, an Australian graduate of Adelaide University, Rathfinny’s four wines are all vintage-dated and aged for a minimum of three years. The range, a Classic Cuvée Brut, Blanc de Blancs, Rosé and Blanc de Noirs is already impressive and is destined to get even better.


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