Home > Find a Vineyard > Central South > Buckinghamshire > Harrow & Hope Vineyard

Harrow & Hope Vineyard

Scotland North Wales Midlands East Anglia South West South Central South East Channel Islands

Laithwaite Family Vineyards
c/o Laithwaite's Wine
One Waterside Drive
Arlington Business Park
Theale
Berkshire


RG7 4SW


Sparkling White Winery Buy Online


Overview:

For over 40 years the Laithwaite family have been involved in the production of wine from many of the worlds top wine regions. With vineyards and wineries in both Bordeaux and Australia, there has always been a strong desire to connect the consumer to the inner workings of what makes a bottle of wine special. By being directly involved and supporting the growth of English sparkling wine we can bring people even closer to the product they adore. From two small vineyards planted at the turn of the millennium we have increased our overall vineyard area to around 11 hectares, with no doubt more to come.

 

1) Harrow & Hope Vineyard (formerly Marlow Vineyard)

Background and History:
Owned and managed by Henry and Kaye Laithwaite, this vineyard is a single chalk slope site perched on the edge of an ancient gravel terrace in the middle of the Thames Valley. The large amount of flint from both the chalk and river deposits give this plot a unique advantage, both in terms of drainage and as a heat sink that keeps the vineyard warm at night.

We planted 20,000 vines in 2010 and then another 15,000 in 2012. After getting a small crop in 2012, we’re feeling confident that this site has the potential to produce something special and we can’t wait to taste the first wine in 2015.

Grape Varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
Wines: First wine to be released in 2015
Sales: First wine to be released in 2015

 

2) Wyfold Vineyard

Background and History:
Barbara Laithwaite and her friend Cherry Thompson established Wyfold in the Chiltern Hills. They started planting in 2003 and finished in 2006. There are just over 4,000 vines in an open 1-hectare plot, south facing at an altitude of 110 metres. The soil is flinty and free draining and there is almost always a gentle breeze to help keep the grapes and vines disease free. For the winemaking itself we brought in external expertise from Ridgeview Wine Estate.

The 2009 Vintage was Voted best English sparkling wine at Judgment of Parson’s Green III in 2013, organised by Stephen Skelton MW and aware from both the IWC and Decanter competitions in 2013

Grape Varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
Wines: White Sparkling : Wyfold
Sales: The wines are available direct from Laithwaite's Wine. (www.laithwaites.co.uk)

 

3) Windsor Vineyard

Background and History:

A new jewel in England’s sparkling crown – an extraordinary wine from one of the world’s smartest but almost forgotten wine addresses - the grandest château of them all; Windsor Castle. Wine was first made here in the 12th century for Henry II. Tony Laithwaite, who grew up in Windsor and opened his first shop under the railway arches in the town beneath the castle walls, had always loved Windsor Great Park and relished the idea of making wine there. In 2011, Laithwaite’s was permitted by The Royal Farms to revive that ancient vineyard tradition; planting on a beautiful sunny site, just near the landmark 'Copper Horse' statue. The vineyard is run by Anne Linder and Tom Blyth, with help from Henry Laithwaite. The wine is made at Ridgeview Estate by Simon Roberts.

Grape Varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier.

Wines: English Quality Sparkling wine with refreshing flavours of cherry blossom, crisp apple and ripe peach.

Sales: Windsor Great Park Vineyard sparkling wine is available from the Windsor Farm Shop and Laithwaite's Wine.

Visitor facilities: Visits strictly by appointment only. Contact anne.linder@laithwaiteswine.com for further details.