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Welcome to Devon's Oldest Vineyard!

NOW OPEN AGAIN (4th April 2014)


Willkommen aus Deutschland

Hier ist Yearlstone - vielleicht sie haben uns in "Vinum" gefolgt Hier finden sie "Yearlstone Number 2" wein - von der Rebe "Siegerrebe" gemachen.

Und also unser Rotweiler "Timmy"! (ich glaube das er ist nicht ein Rottie.. aber ein bisschen Collie-Alsatian)

Latitude 50 Degrees 42 Minutes - the Exe Valley lies on an almost identical latitude with the Moselle Valley yet enjoys milder springs, and milder autumns. Steep and thickly wooded to the north as the River Exe runs off Exmoor, by the time it reaches Bickleigh the Valley opens out into a broad river plain.

Here, on steep slopes as the River turns due south in its run to the regional capital, Exeter, is our vineyard, at around 200 feet above sea level. Red Devon sandstone breaks up into shale, the hills on three sides create a natural amphitheatre where light levels are high.

In summer, early morning mists rise up from the riverbed creating a subtropical effect but burn off by midday. Even in peak summer this part of mid-Devon is sleepy and quiet, apart from the sounds of various birds of prey and corks popping in the café-winebar.

A perfect stopping off point on a long journey turning off the motorway, Bickleigh itself is a noted beauty spot with thatched pubs on the riverfront, although the best food and wine is on offer at the vineyard!

YEARLSTONE AND THE DELI SHACK CAFE: NOW OPEN AGAIN (4th April 2014)

Our 3-hectare vineyard and the Deli Shack Café have now reopened on 4th April 2014.

We're open at 11am on Friday 4th, Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th April, then from Wednesday 9th April we'll revert to our normal 11am - 4pm, 5 days a week, Spring/Summer opening hours (closed Monday & Tuesday).

LATEST AWARDS/REVIEWS

Yearlstone's Vintage Brut 2009 won a Bronze Medal at the Lyons International Wine Competition in April and also a Recommendation in Decanter with a score of 85+. The VB 2006 was rated joint 4th in England by La Revue du Vin. All our current range have been awarded bronzes or silvers at the English Wine of the Year competition. The current Number 2 dry white was recommended in the leading German language wine magazine Vinum as a Best Buy.

NEW STOCKISTS

We're delighted to welcome as new stockists for 2013:
Johns of Instow and Appledore
Lye Cross Farm Redhill Bristol
Commodore Hotel Instow
Southgate Hotel Exeter
Grape and Grain wine merchants Crediton
Dartington Trust shops

Getting to the Vineyard

Find us on the A396 between Tiverton and Bickleigh - look out for the brown tourist signs.

Leave the M5 at Junction 27 - into Tiverton. Then follow the signs for the A396 Bickleigh/Exeter - or the brown signs for the Devonshire Centre (now defunct but useful as a guide!).

 

Yearlstone Webmovies


Our friend Markus Kinch of Film 41 has published several Yearlstone web movies on YouTube:

Click here for large-screen versions of all the Web Movies including Yearlstone features on TV - visits from Oz Clarke, BBC Countryfile and BBC1's "The Great British Summer".

Roger On Twitter

Roger has just started tweeting, here we are: