Jenkyn Place Vineyard

Jenkyn Place Vineyard

At the heart of the Hampshire village of Bentley and purchased in 1997 by Simon and Rebecca Bladon, Jenkyn Place’s twelve hectares of vines lie in two parcels around the house, itself Grade II listed and dating from the 17th century.

The first three acres of vines were planted in 2004 after conversion from hop fields, with a further two acres being planted in both 2005 and 2007. The final five acres were planted in 2010. The soil is a greensand over chalky marl on south-facing slopes, and the total vineyard is planted to 60% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir and 15% Pinot Meunier.

The first commercial wine vintage was in 2006 and both this vintage and the current 2007 were made by Mike Robert’s team at Ridgeview. From the 2008 vintage the wines have been made by Dermot Sugrue at Wiston Estate in Sussex , a year which will also mark the introduction of a rosé.

The house is also renowned as the home of Harold Sanderson, chairman of the White Star Line and it is said that this is where he received the news of the sinking of The Titanic. Although the vines are still young, there is great potential on display, with a splendid integrity and “sense of place” about the wine, a natural consequence of the produce of a single domaine where only the fruit of the estate is used.

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