Barnsole is a boutique vineyard, a winery, and two passionate wine makers who strive to produce premium quality English wines.
Our vineyard is located in the picturesque country village of Staple, situated between the historic city of Canterbury and the delightful cinque-port town of Sandwich. This is fertile land that has been farmed since ancient times. The (loam over chalk) soil regularly offers-up relics such as Napoleonic buttons, musket balls and the odd clay pipe that was discarded by a farm hand, long, long ago.
Barnsole’s situation delivers the perfect geology and climate to produce the high quality grapes that make our award winning English wines. We diligently nurture our vines throughout the growing season, listening carefully to what the vineyard tells us. Only when we have heard its whisper can we harness the goodness of each wondrous season.
We sell sparkling and still wines directly to the public from the winery door.
Everything at Barnsole is crafted by hand, from preparing the land to planting and pruning the vines that we nurture to maturity.
There have been two phases of planting. The first in 1993 when the varieties Reichensteiner, Huxelrebe and Rondo were planted specifically to make still wines. Then, in 2013, a second phase of planting that included Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Précoce, specifically to make English sparkling wine. Plus Bacchus to make aromatic still white wine.
We employ the classic French trellising system ‘double Guyot’ with rows and vines spaced 2 metres apart, positioning the fruit zone close to the ground to aid the ripening of the fruit.
Our philosophy is to tread softly in the environment. We endeavor to leave no trace of our time as custodians of this tranquil place. We enjoy the company of hares, badgers, foxes and many British birds - all of which are welcome to share the bounty of this land.