Chartham vineyard - a FAMILY ENTERPRISE

We combine traditional farming values with a modern, eco-friendly approach

Chartham Vineyard is one of East Kent's newest vineyards situated at Burnt House Farm in Chartham close to the historic City of Canterbury in Kent. It is owned by Dr Roz Waller and her husband Richard Goodenough and managed by their son, Andy Goodenough.

Wines are sold direct from the farm and will be available to purchase online in the near future. Initially we are working with the highly respected John Worontschak and Matthieu Elzinga of Litmus Wines to turn our grapes into wine. But, our longer term plan is for Chartham Vineyard to have its own winery at Burnt House Farm.

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Family Chartham Vineyard

The story so far

2018
Another medal winning year with all three of our 2016 vintage wines rated by the Independent English Wine Awards (IEWA): Pinot Noir Silver. Pinot Gris, Bronze. Bacchus, Bronze.
We expect our first champagne-style sparkling wine (from our 2nd harvest) to be on sale in our shop by the end of this summer.

2017
Our 3rd harvest yielded over 11 tonnes of grapes. We planted a demonstration vineyard next to our ancient Dovecote. We opened our own wine shop and wine store at Burnt House Farm in time for our 2nd vintage of over 4,000 bottles of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Bacchus.

2016
Our 2nd harvest yielded nearly 8 tonnes of grapes. Our first vintage, Dovecote White 2015 was a sell-out, winning won a Bronze Award in this year's UKVA National Competition.

2015
Our 1st harvest yielded 0.5 tonnes.

2014
We planted an additional 0.5 hectare of Pinot Noir on a Burgundy clone to produce colour for rose or a red wine.

2013
Very busy with sub soiling, harrowing and planting windbreaks.

2012
A specialist team from Germany machine planted our 7,000 vines in a day - Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Bacchus and Pinot Noir from France/Germany with rootstocks and clones suited to our soil, location and cool maritime climate. Then our trellis structures were set up ready for first growth.

Our logo brings together important elements that help to define our enterprise:

THE BUILDING represents the ancient Dovecote on our farm. This beautiful listed building stands tall at the gateway to our vineyard surveying the vines beyond.

THE RAMPANT HORSES represent the white horse symbol of the County of Kent which pre-dates the Magna Carta. In the 1060s Kent was granted the right to retain this ancient symbol and granted the motto "Invicta" by William the Conqueror.

THE GARDEN OF ENGLAND is an historic phrase describing the fertile lands of Kent famous for its fruit and hop growing for well over 600 years. In the 16th century Henry VIII's gardener had orchards near Teynham and market gardens were rapidly established in Kent to provide fresh produce for the growing population of London.

We regard the cultivation of wines and winemaking as a journey of discovery. Our aim is to produce high quality fruit and top quality wines which reflect the distinctive terroir of our site within the Kentish Downs. To achieve this we are guided by the following principles:

QUALITY OVER QUANTITY. No short cuts. No substitutes for time and patience. Our wines will be produced solely from grapes grown on Chartham Vineyard, which have been harvested by hand.

STEWARDSHIP. As custodians of this land, we have a great respect for traditional vineyard practices, combined with a modern approach to winemaking.

FAMILY VALUES. Our work ethic is enriched by the dedication and commitment of our family-run business.

COMMUNITY. We appreciate the reciprocal benefits from established links between our business and our local community.

SUSTAINABILITY. We are anxious to adopt sustainable methods in both cultivaton and processing that will reduce environmental impact and promote biodiversity.

Our vineyard is part of Burnt House Farm which has been in the Waller family for 60 years. The original Burnt House Farm, a mansion, burnt down in 1730.

One of the oldest buildings on our farm today is an ancient Dovecote, this sheduled monument from the 17th century is featured on our logo.

The farm extends over nearly 40 hectares of land and is a mixture of arable, pasture, coppice and ancient woodland. In 2012 we decided to convert 2½ hectares of arable to vines as an exciting, long-term venture involving our extended family.

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Views across the valley
BUY DIRECT FROM US
You can buy wine from our wine shop at the vineyard. In the future we'll be adding an online wine shop.

 

wildflowers grow under the vines
BIODIVERSITY
These wildflowers growing in and around our vines are proof of our 'gentle touch' to pest control.