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Nestled next to the Pevensey Levels Nature Reserve and less than miles from the sea in East Sussex, Henners Vineyard was established in the picturesque village of Herstmonceux in 2007. Planted with the three classic sparkling grape varieties, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, the vineyard is in one of the driest, sunniest pockets of England.
The vineyard benefits from a strong coastal influence, low elevation and rich, free-draining clay soils making the site ideally suited for the production of quality sparkling and still wines. Sea breezes are key to our success, minimising frost risk, reducing disease pressure and bringing a crisp salinity to our wines.
In the winery, we take a non interventionist approach, made possible by the quality of the fruit. We have multiple vine clones and varieties planted to give us a broad palate of wines for final blending and play with reserve wines and oak barrels to contribute character, depth, richness and layers to our wines. Our wines are fermented and bottled on-site with our small, dedicated team responsible for every aspect of production.
Over the year, alongside our tours and tastings, we’ll be running a series of seasonal events. These will showcase the growing calendar of the vines, so you can see our vines throughout Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter, and celebrate each vintage with us. Events will include workshops with local makers, celebrating the community of artists and makers around us. Evenings will be intimate and elegant, with pop up dining, music, and even the chance to enjoy Henners by candlelight.
Our events and tickets will be available on the website, and Henners Vine Club members will receive early bird access, so if you want to be first in the know for early-bird access then get in touch about joining this exclusive membership program.
WINTER WONDERLAND TASTING
Walk through the vines, mulled wine in hand, and learn more about English wine, how we set up Henners, and our plans for the future. Taste our tanks - as the wine itself is getting made! This rare opportunity will be available only on our Winter Wonderland Tours, and the wine will taste different every day as fermentation completes and the wines start to develop their signature flavours pre-bottling.
Learn more about the process of winemaking here in the winery. We’ll finish up in the new tasting room, where you’ll get to try the range, and even add on a cheese paring to go with each wine if you desire! We’ll finish the tour and tasting with a warm mince pie.
OUR BUILD: OPENING A CELLAR DOOR
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How did our Cellar Door journey being? When our parent company, Boutinot, helped us expand our winery, we were able to double our production capacity. Rather than the 150,000 bottles of wine we were capable of processing last year, this year and going forward, we’re all set up to create 300,000 bottles if necessary. Fingers crossed for that sunshine and some fabulous years for grapegrowing ahead, and they’ll all be full by next harvest!
But doubling our winery capacity didn’t just give us space for the team to operate. It also allowed us a little corner to build up as a Cellar Door - a shop and a tasting room from which to sell wine, run tours and tastings, and host events.
Henners has never been open to the public before in our long history, so since 2007 we’ve had relatively few people through our doors. All that is changing in 2022, and even for Christmas 2021!
My name is Rebecca, and my role has been growing alongside the new building this year. I’ll be telling you lots about our story on these blogs, and in our tours throughout the year as well. When I came to talk to Henners about opening a Cellar Door here, there wasn’t even the barn that you see today when you…
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JOIN THE HENNERS VINE CLUB
Interested in joining the Henners Vine Club? Launching at our Christmas Fair, we'll be offering membership.
Perfect for wine lovers - or as a Christmas present for the wine lover in your life.
Name your row of vines, visit our vineyard for a free tour for two, and gain exclusive access to events before anyone else, special limited edition releases, and local link ups for discounts in the area.