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About Yearlstone Vineyard - the Story so far!
Yearlstone vineyard is located on a steep southerly slope on a hillside above the lower valley of the river Exe at the picturesque village of Bickleigh in mid Devon. It is 200 feet above sea level and has natural protection from the west, north and east. The soil is a silty clay loam over fragmented Devon red sandstone with excellent drainage and is perfect for vines - red soils are the most sought after for vineyards all around the world. In all, Yearlstone's position is perfect for growing vines and ripening grapes.
The vineyard was started in 1976 by pioneering English viticulturist Gillian Pearkes. She planted many different wine varieties collected on her worldwide travels and experimented with wine growing techniques for the English climate. The vineyard had an international reputation thanks to Gillian's pioneering efforts.
After Gillian died in 1993, Roger and Juliet White bought the vineyard in 1994, which at the time had no buildings at all on it, and since then have built:
They have also expanded the vineyard from the original 1.5 acres of mature vines to over 7.5 acres. As well as the vineyard, there is a mature orchard with many apple trees, from which excellent cider is made.
During the Devon Wine Week at the end of May each year, there are several special events both at Yearlstone and many of our sister vineyards around Devon.
|English Wine from the Exe Valley