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Chartham Vineyard, Burnt House Farm , Station Rd., Chartham, CT4 7HU
01233 813709 | 07905 911186 Email > Website >

About Chartham Vineyard

Chartham Vineyard is part of Burnt House Farm located just outside the historic City of Canterbury in East Kent. Our vineyard was created in 2013 on part of the farm where we found the soils match the terroir of the Champagne region of France. 
 
 
 
 

Background

n 2012 we underwent an intense period of planning and preparation involving site selection and soil preparation. We chose the same variety of vines as those approved for Champagne to suit the prevailing soil and climate conditions. 
After sub-soiling and harrowing, 1.6 hectares of vines were planted in May 2013 with rows orientated up and down the slope to achieve maximum sunlight exposure. In May 2014, we planted an additional 0.5 hectares of a Burgundy clone of Pinot Noir to produce colour for rosť or a still red in exceptionally good years. 
All vines are grown on a standard vertical shoot positioned trellis with the fruiting wire 60cm. The overall trellis height is 2 metres, and the vines are trained on a traditional single-guyot system that is ideally suited to English conditions, giving a good balance of leaf and fruit to achieve maximum ripeness in our English climate.

Product Description

We produce award-winning white, red and sparkling wines for sale in our Online shop and Vineyard shop as well as many local shops and restaurants. 
Our grape harvest usually takes place from mid-September through to October. If our initial tests are promising we take more accurate measurements (acid titration and hygrometer tests for specific gravity) at regular intervals, to build up a picture of the changing sugar and acid levels for each grape variety. Our winemakers John Worontschak and Matthieu Elzinga at Litmus Wines then review these figures and confirm the picking dates for each variety. 

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