Visit Wellhayes Vineyard, see how the owners make quality sparkling wine on the edge of Exmoor, and taste a glass of their 2018 Sparkling Wine.
Set in the rolling hills of mid Devon on the edge of Exmoor, between Wiveliscombe and Bampton, Wellhayes Vineyard is a small family-run vineyard which produces quality sparkling wine on site from grapes grown in the vineyard.
The vineyard is located just outside the small village of Clayhanger and has 2,500 vines over 1 hectare on a sheltered south-facing slope. The vines consist of the classic ‘Champagne’ varieties, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, together with Reichensteiner, which is also particularly suited to making sparkling wine. The red Devonian soil over shillet is deep and free-draining, which suits the vines perfectly. Unusually, for vineyards of this size, the owners, Simon and Alison Routh, make the wine themselves on site in an old converted stone barn, the upper storey of which has been made into a Tasting Room that doubles as a concert hall.
Visits to the vineyard take place on Wednesdays and Sundays at 3pm between May and September. Visitors have the opportunity to understand the laborious process of producing quality sparkling wine, with a visit to the winery as well as the vineyard, and to finish with a glass of the 2018 Wellhayes Sparkling Wine together with a tasting of the luxury handmade chocolates, made with Wellhayes spirit, in the Tasting Room overlooking the vineyard. Traditional cream teas are available as an optional extra, as is the opportunity to taste the brandy Wellhayes Vineyard also produces.
Tours are only available by appointment and places are limited. Tours can be booked online by clicking the booking link opposite. Parking is available on site and visitors are advised to wear stout shoes for the walk through the vineyard.
Wellhayes Vineyard also puts on musical events through the Summer months. These are an opportunity to hear excellent performances by professional musicians of classical music in an intimate setting, as well as to enjoy a glass of Wellhayes Sparkling Wine in a convivial atmosphere! Details of this year’s concerts, as well as information on how to book tickets, can be found here.