In 1973 the first vines where planted when local wine retailer Alan McKechnie started harvesting the vines on his small fruit farm. With a little help from the 1976 record summer temperatures and bumper harvest, his small fruit farm begun to expand. After nurturing it for 11 years, Alan sold up in 1984 due to poor health and the new owner was found.
Under the ownership of John Oldacre the vineyards flourished and the name was changed from Fairfield Fruit Farms to Three Choirs Vineyards due largely to John’s connections to the Three Choirs Festival, England’s oldest choral festival.
John Oldacre died in 2001 and the company largely remains in the hands of his family.
Phoenix 40%, Madeline Angevine 20%, Seyval Blanc 20%, Orion 20% – The Vineyard is south facing on sandy loam soil. Most vines are 10-20 years old, all grapes are hand-picked.
A crisp, refreshing wine with distinctly English hedgerow aromas and hints of crisp apple, fragrant elderflower and freshly cut grass. The ripe fruit flavours, balanced acidity and subtle residual sugar combine to create a refreshing wine, perfect on its own or with lemon steamed fish or with Waldorf salad