About the Wines

 

Forty Hall Vineyard is the only commercial-scale vineyard in London and we're committed to creating the best quality, organic English wines.

Each of our single estate wines reflect the distinctive character, of our organically grown grapes, that have been cared for by our dedicated volunteers, here in North London.

Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir produceour award winning Sparkling London Brut which is made in the traditional Champagne method, with all the fermentation taking place naturally in the bottle.

Bacchus and Ortega grapes produce our two single variety still dry white wines.   

Read more about the grapes here.

WE ARE CERTIFIED ORGANIC 

We grow our grapes naturally, with as little intervention as possible, so that the wine produced from our grapes truly reflects the terroir - which means the unique characteristics of the place, the soil and its microclimate.

In our vineyard, we do not use synthetic fungicides, herbicides or fertilisers. This encourages sustainability, biodiversity and natural balance. 

The vines grow in a living soil, free of chemical residues, drawing optimum levels of minerals from the soil, becoming stronger with better natural resistance to disease. These vines will produce fruit for years to come.

Pests are controlled by biological methods and mildew problems are also managed by salts such as elemental (not man-made) sulphur.  The use of these methods is carefully controlled and limited.

 What are “real” or “natural” wines?

There is a rapidly growing interest in so-called real or natural wines and a number of new wine fairs now specialise in showing these wines including the Real Wine Fair and RAW. The emphasis for natural wine makers is on creating a healthy ecosystem in the vineyard where soil micro fauna and flora are respected and where chemical input in minimised.

In the winery the focus is again on minimising chemical additions, particularly sulphur dioxide, and, when possible, using naturally occurring yeasts for fermentation.

Who makes the wine?

Our winemaker is Will Davenport who runs Davenport Vineyards in Sussex.

He is the first and only winemaker in the UK to win gold medals and commendations every year since 2009 for wine made from organic grapes. In 2014 he was awarded a gold medal for “Most Outstanding Sparkling Wine” in the English Wine Awards.  

He specialises in using modern equipment, but traditional methods. 

Following strict organic principles, he leaves the grapes to speak for themselves.


 

 

 

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