Chartham Vineyard is close to the historic city of Canterbury in Kent and owned by Dr Roz Waller and her husband Richard Goodenough and managed by their son, Andy.
Vines were first planted here in 2013, in part of our family farm where soils match the terroir of the Champagne region of France.
We work with the highly respected John Worontschak and Mathieu Elzinga of Litmus Wines to turn our grapes into wine. Right from the first vintage, the quality of our wines has been recognised through awards including a Gold Medal for our first sparkling Blanc de Blancs (from chardonnay grapes harvested in 2016).
Our wines are available at many local restaurants and farm shops; and we offer free wine tastings in our Wine Shop every Saturday from 10.30 to 5.30. You can also browse art in our vineyard gallery and pre-book vineyard tours and tutored tastings.
This summer our first sparkling Rose de Noir 2017 went on sale, followed later in the year by our 2018 Pinot Gris, Bacchus and Pinot Noir. Early in the year, our sparkling Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs 2016, won a Gold Medal in the Independent English Wine Awards and quickly sold out.
Our first sparkling white wine (from Chardonnay harvest 2016) went on sale in our Wine Shop. In the farmyard, our newly renovated cow barn was transformed into a tasting room and gallery (with artist workspace) in time to host our first Christmas Art and Craft Fair. Family and Friends helped us pick of 23 tonnes of grapes (more than double our 2017 harvest).
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.
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.
Our 1st harvest yielded 0.5 tonnes.
We planted an additional 0.5 hectare of Pinot Noir on a Burgundy clone to produce colour for rose or a red wine.
Very busy with sub soiling, harrowing and planting windbreaks.
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.Find out more ...