Latitude 50 Degrees 42 Minutes - the Exe Valley lies on an almost
identical latitude with the Moselle Valley yet enjoys milder springs,
and milder autumns.
Steep and thickly wooded to the north as the River Exe runs off Exmoor,
by the time it reaches Bickleigh the Valley opens out into a broad
river plain, as the River runs down to the regional capital, Exeter,
and then the sea.
Our vineyard is on steep slopes around 200 feet above sea level,
looking down the river valley. With Red Devon sandstone breaking
up into shale, and hills on three sides, we have a natural amphitheatre
where light levels are high.
In summer, early morning mists rise up from the riverbed creating a
subtropical effect but burn off by midday.
Even in peak summer this part of mid-Devon is sleepy and quiet, apart
from the sounds of various birds of prey and corks popping in the
A perfect stopping off point on a long journey turning off the
motorway, Bickleigh itself is a noted beauty spot with thatched pubs on
the riverfront, although the best food and wine is on offer at the
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