In 2010 Mark Darley commissioned a detailed viticultural survey of a south facing field at the family farm.
The survey came back with a glowing report: perfect slopes in angle and aspect, great altitude for growing capricious Chardonnay and wonderful free draining soil.
In 2011 the plunge was taken and the first All Angels vineyard planted with a mix of the classic varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Gris but also early fruiting Rondo.
Such was the success that another vineyard of pure Chardonnay was planted in 2015 and a third (Holtwood) in 2020 bringing the total size to 6 ha, each with their own unique qualities, producing different wines in the same year.
Their cellar is home to some of the very best wines from all over the world.
Their award-winning wine lists are forever evolving, and theu're always looking for new and interesting wines to add to theirgrowing collection.
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They add new drinks regularly and you can buy online anytime for delivery or collection.
They are a small online independent wines & spirits merchant based in Newbury West Berkshire.
SJ wines is owned by Stephen Miles alongside and Sarah Jayne Breadmore-Miles.
Their objective is to offer an eclectic portfolio of wines and spirits, priced competitively to both the public and trade customers.
Stephen is a former Oddbins member, with over 20 years experience in the wines and spirits trade and holds the WSET level 2 award
Whether you're looking for a stunning, full bodied red wine like cabernet sauvignon, or a crisp, fruity little chardonnay for your wine rack- at GrapeSmith,they are experienced wine merchants who have been providing high quality wine, champagne, and spirits for a number of years.
Their simple yet bold desire is to ensure every single one of their high quality, personally selected wines have come from the best winemakers, wineries, cuvées and vintages so that they can offer a wine to suit every palate.
Their vineyard can be found on the borders of West Berkshire between Hungerford and Marlborough, nestled into the chalky slopes of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Fine wines to take home or enjoy at The Retreat
Their Lay & Wheeler wine cellar, located in The Courtyard, is open every day to hotel guests and locals
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