Simpsons Wine planted the first 10 hectares of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir on their estate in 2014. This is their Roman Road Vineyard, situated alongside the route the Romans first marched when invading England in AD 43. The Romans are credited with bringing the first vines to England and may well have planted them on the same hillsides.
The plantation of the same three grape varieties continues on the sunny slopes south of the village. Also, on other side of the valley they chose to plant a further 20 hectares of vines over 2016 and 2017. This is their Railway Hill Vineyard, so called because the Canterbury to Folkestone light railway passed through this site in the late 19th and first half of the 20th Century.
It was a spirit of adventure that took the Simpsons to France. They held an aspiration to help transform the reputation of the Languedoc from a low quality, high volume wine producer to a high quality, low volume wine producer. A challenge that continues to this day.
In conclusion, Simpsons are a fantastic English Wine producer and we are delighted to feature their wines at Heather and Bale.