In transition to organic production, this Kentish vineyard really has a cult status, experimenting with old and almost forgotten winemaking techniques.
Westwell is located just beneath the Pilgrims Way on the North Downs in Kent; a route used for centuries by Pilgrims travelling to Canterbury. They grow four different varieties - Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Ortega.
The estate boasts an ideal mix of climate, aspect and soil. There are six classified soil geologies here; and the varieties have been planted with these in mind. Chardonnay is situated on shallower, chalky soils where flint proportions are highest and where it captures the evening sun best. The Pinots are on mixed sand / chalk soil, and the Ortega is planted in the sandiest, most sheltered spot of all to fully develop its fruit-forward, aromatic style.
All the wines are made on-site from fruit grown on the estate. This gives them complete control of the full process and ensures an end product of which they can be proud.
The future for Westwell is bright: they anticipate increased production in the coming years. They intend to continue to experiment - from skin contact to dessert wines, wild ferments, amphora, pet nats and more - continuing to minimise intervention at every step.
The Westwell philosophy is simple: plant well, respect the soil and make great, honest wines from brilliant fruit.