Limeburn Hill Vineyard is the only biodynamic vineyard in the south west of England. It was set up by Georgina Harvey and Robin Snowdon in 2015 and is perched on a sunny south-facing slope at Chew Magna, Bristol. Some 1800 vines were hand-planted producing six varieties of grapes – three red and three white – and all certified as organic & biodynamic.
Limeburn Hill Vineyard makes natural, biodynamic wines from our own grapes. These include Pétillant Naturel wines (white, rosé & red) as well as experiments in skin-macerated white wines – known as amber wines – and a still red wine. The wines have no added sulphites, use no filtering or fining, have no additives, contain no use of animal products and are all fermented with wild yeast from the vineyard. In this way they authentically reflect the terroir of the vineyard.
Both the growing and wine-making follow the principles of biodynamic agriculture developed by Rudolph Steiner. Internationally accredited by Demeter, this is a holistic system that sees the farm as a living organism, improves the fertility of the soil without chemicals, and works with the energy of the sun and moon to encourage healthy growth.
Our vines will be supported by the application of teas, ferments and preparations made from plants and composts, as well as by following the biodynamic calendar for key tasks such as planting, pruning and harvesting. Our aim is to produce wines whose flavours and aromas express a genuine sense of place.
Please follow our progress on our blog and come and visit us when we open for tours, tastings and events. You may also find other events of interest (permaculture, natural beekeeping, cheese making, etc.) at our host farm – Westfield Farm.
For more information please contact info(at)limeburnhillvineyard.co.uk
Robin & Georgina