“Terroir – everything and anything that contributes to the unique flavour of a wine. From the soil type to the angle of the slope, the elevation, the drainage conditions, the microclimate, even the types of wild yeast that find their way to the grape skins.”
Ask a winemaker what gives the wine its distinctive qualities and the most likely reply will be ‘terroir.’
This goes a long way to explain why Compton Green wines excel. The land was primarily chosen because of its suitability for vines –grade 1, sandy loam, deep and well drained. Vines hate to be waterlogged.
The vineyard’s gentle south-to-south east-facing slopes give long exposure to sunshine and help fend away early season frosts by allowing cold air to roll downhill.
All in all, the vineyard has an ideal microclimate for viticulture which ultimately results in superb wines.
At Compton Green Vineyard, we sell a range of wines from our current varieties. See our wine list below:
- Madeleine Angevine , or more precisely Madeleine Angevine 7672, a freely pollinated seedling of Madeleine Angevine (2.5 acres, 1991) A favourite in the South West producing reliable fairly early crops with fine, distinctive Elderflower and Nettle flavours.
- Seyval Blanc (0.3 acres, 1992). Used for our exquisite sparkling wine – Vintage Reserve.
- Phoenix (0.32 acres, 2004). Our main blend with Madeleine Angevine in our classic Estate Special Reserve.
- Seigerrebe (0.3 acres, 2014). Not yet in production, but another promising early variety producing wonderful aromatic wines.
- Regent (0.2 acres, 2010). A good spicy red wine variety.
- Pinot Noir Early (0.4 acres, 2014). Not yet in production. A classic red variety currently under establishment, replacing our earlier plantings of Triomphe and Leon Millot.
In addition, we have trialled small plantings of several varieties over the years, notably Schonburger, Faberebbe, Goldreisling and Kerner, which unfortunately did not match up to the main selections.