Wine is made in the vineyard
Astley Vineyard is one of oldest vineyards in the UK, and is also one of the smallest commercial producers, producing just 9,000 bottles a year on average. Whereas many others would feel the pressure to produce more wine, Astley has always focused on crafting better wine.
Where once four vineyards were planted on our estate, just the best single 4.5 acre plot now remains. It was reputedly the most northerly vineyard in the world when it was planted:
- Soil: Triassic sandstone loam – very free draining, with naturally high acidity
- Eastward sloping
- A relatively exposed site, combined with rows oriented to maximise airflow. Surrounding wind breaks prevent damage.
- Nearby valley draws away cold air to prevent frost damage.
- Located just half a mile away from River Severn – moderates our climate.
- Nearby ancient woodland encourages pests & wildlife away from vineyard, whilst improving biodiversity.
"Wine is made in the vineyard, not the winery" is a popular saying amongst winemakers, and this is certainly our belief here at Astley Vineyard.
Astley Vineyard primarily grows still white wine varieties:
The pride of Astley Vineyard.
Planted in 1971, this crossing of Riesling & Trollinger is only really found and spoken about at our vineyard in the UK. Late ripening, this rare variety produces steely, elegant wines that often improve with bottle age. When picked early, it creates our unique sparkling wine which often has flavours of lemon sherbet with racing acidity. When picked late, it creates our Old Vine Kerner which has ranged from off-dry and opulent, to lean and peppery over the decades.
Due to it's immense vigour, Kerner is managed differently in our vineyard. The crown is raised high, and the growth is trained downwards to expend excess energy.
The quintessential English variety. Flavours ranging from crunchy green apple, sweet apple juice, and elderflower.
A delicate, soft variety that produces food friendly wines, or adds weight to blends. Flavours range from rose blossom and dried flowers, to grapefruit and apple peel.
A notoriously hard-to-establish variety that thrives on our vineyard. Early ripening, it displays flavours of lychee and passionfruit when dry, and produces a lightly sweet, aromatic dessert wine when picked late. Recently used to create our rosé; Branwen.