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Welcome to Devon's Oldest Vineyard!

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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 café-winebar.

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 vineyard!

Can't get to the vineyard? Don't forget our Online Sales page, and our Many Stockists.

May 2016: News from the Vineyard

While Burgundy and the Loire report serious frost damage after recording -6C in late April, we seem to have escaped relatively lightly here in the Exe Valley. We did record three late spring frosts. The worst was -2.8C followed by a -1.1C and a -0.9C. However while perhaps a quarter of the Rondo buds were frost damaged (the earliest buds to emerge) most other varieties seem to have been held back by the unseasonal April cold, and the buds broke after the frosts. While it remains too early to assess damage to the flowering potential, we are a little more confident now that the vast majority of the crop has not been affected.

May 2016: Food and Wine Club events up

We've just published the summer 2016 Food and Wine Club events. We have 3 this year, kicking off on Saturday 28th May with a specially chosen Devon based Menu, then on Saturday 25th June we have our popular Middle Eastern Meze menu, then finally on Saturday 30th July we have a Spanish evening with gazpacho, Catalan fish and chicken, and Majorcan cheesecake.

Latest Awards/Reviews

Yearlstone Number 5 dry white wine won a bronze medal at the International Wine & Spirits Competition in London in autumn 2015.

The Judges said: "White flowers with a fresh citrus vibrant finish. refreshing."

Getting to the Vineyard

Leave the M5 at Junction 27 - proceed along the link road to Tiverton. Then follow the signs for the A396 Bickleigh/Exeter for about 3 miles, then watch for the Vineyard brown tourist sign pointing up a hill. Drive up the hill (Seven Crosses Road) for about a quarter mile, bearing to the right at a junction, then 100 yards later on, turn left into the access road for the vineyard. It's clearly marked Yearlstone Vineyard. Follow on along, swoop down a concrete road, then up to the vineyard carpark. The following google map shows it nicely:

 

Yearlstone Webmovies


Our friend Markus Kinch of Film 41 has published several Yearlstone web movies on YouTube:

Click here for large-screen versions of all the Web Movies including Yearlstone features on TV - visits from Oz Clarke, BBC Countryfile and BBC1's "The Great British Summer".

Roger On Twitter

Roger has been tweeting for a couple of years, here we are: