Our Vineyards

Thirty years ago, people would have said we were pulling their leg making wine in Blighty. But the times, and our wines, are changing.

 Our vines are all within spittooning distance of London. The South East of England has the finest growing conditions in the country, and we’re committed to keeping things local.

A map of our vineyards across England

Grapes

Our good friends, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Two of the three grapes that make up the traditional Champagne blend.

Soil

A foot of clay silt loam topsoil sitting on a pure chalk base. Minerally goodness.

Topography

55m-70m above sea level. Moderate slope. Running along the Itchen Valley facing south-southeast.

Grapes

The young upstart: Bacchus. Named after the god of wine. It thrives in our marginal climate.

Soil

Clay silt loam topsoil sitting on the chalky Downs. Perfect for growing high acidity grapes for fresh wines.

Topography

40-70m above sea level with a moderate slope. Facing south-southeast settled in the North Downs.

Grapes

Chardonnay, the third grape to make up traditional Champagne. We blend them with our Bacchus to give more body.

Soil

One and a half feet of silty clay loam sitting atop a chalk subsoil. Top drainage.

Topography

40m-55m above sea level running along the northern edge of the North Downs. South-southeast facing with a low to moderate slope.

Grapes

Our good friends, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Two of the three grapes that make up the traditional Champagne blend.

Soil

A foot of clay silt loam topsoil sitting on a pure chalk base. Minerally goodness.

Topography

55m-70m above sea level. Moderate slope. Running along the Itchen Valley facing south-southeast.

Grapes

The young upstart: Bacchus. Named after the god of wine. It thrives in our marginal climate.

Soil

Clay silt loam topsoil sitting on the chalky Downs. Perfect for growing high acidity grapes for fresh wines.

Topography

40-70m above sea level with a moderate slope. Facing south-southeast settled in the North Downs.

Grapes

Chardonnay, the third grape to make up traditional Champagne. We blend them with our Bacchus to give more body.

Soil

One and a half feet of silty clay loam sitting atop a chalk subsoil. Top drainage.

Topography

40m-55m above sea level running along the northern edge of the North Downs. South-southeast facing with a low to moderate slope.

HOW DID WE GET HERE?

We’ve always had the same soil as on the Frenchier side of the channel, but with the change in climate, England’s wines have come of age.

THE LAND WE LIVE ON

Once upon a time, the lands of England and France grew up together. And even though we’re no longer joined at the hip, we share similar soils to that of our cousins across the water.

Like Champagne 50 years ago, we now have a temperature that’s not too hot, and not too cold. And the same chalky soil that’s just right for our grapes.

Now, the world is fizzing with excitement over England’s sparkling and aromatic still wines. So much so that French Champagne houses are the biggest buyers of land in the UK right now.

OUR CHANGING CLIMATE

We at The Uncommon are acutely aware that our future successes will be due, in part, to climate change that has already occurred and that will continue to do so. That is why sustainability has been cultivated at our core.

Every decision we have made in our winemaking has the climate in mind; from our local production, to our fully recyclable cans, to our choice of carbon-positive canning partner.

We believe we are the most sustainable winemakers in the UK. And though our wines may be playful, we have no intention of playing with the planet.

A FEW 'FACTS' FOR FUN

A little extra knowledge. Some of it definitely true, some a little less so.

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