Continuing our series profiling local drinks producers, this month we turn our attention to The Grange vineyard, based in the Itchen Valley, Hampshire. It was established 10 years ago by four siblings who, after taking varied career paths, came together and decided to create a wine brand. They planted 30 acres of their family farmland with 52,000 vines and in that short time have successfully produced two fine sparkling wines – a rosé and a white non-vintage - both equally delicious.
Grapes, including chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier, are carefully nurtured on the chalky south-facing slopes of the Burge’s Field vineyard before being taken to Hattingley Valley Winery to be turned into wine. The land at The Grange consists of a thin layer of gravelly clay, covering a deep layer of chalk dotted with flint. This imparts a steely, mineral flavour which ensures the wines age beautifully.
With big plans for expansion, including building sleek new on-site wine-making facilities and tasing rooms, The Grange are one to watch. They have also recently taken on in-house winemaker Harry Pickering, previously of Gusbourne, to develop new wines. We can’t wait to see what comes next!