Bluestone is a diversification of our existing RBST accredited farm, a breeding centre for critically endangered British rare breed farm animals. For generations we have been focused on providing a setting for quality family time in the Wiltshire countryside.
As kids growing up, the farm played a huge part in all of our lives and we have developed with it over time. As adults, our passions and interests have evolved and with young families of our own, we saw the vineyard as an opportunity to bring us closer together and to create a delicious wine for others to share; bringing friends and family together.
After extensive research and successful site analysis, we planted in 2016. Bluestone is currently 10 acres of grapevines planted on our 42 acre Rare Breeds Farm. The 10 acres is subdivided into 4 vineyards; Three Acre, Top field, Iron Age and Roundhouse.
Each vineyard displays unique nuances through their terroir, microclimate and vintage. We are growing terroir wines, celebrating the individuality of each parcel of vines by the expression of these unique qualities in every bottle.
Once harvested, we take the grapes to our winemaker at Hambledon Vineyard. Their on-site winery opened officially by HRH Duchess of Cornwall and the state of the art facility is the only fully gravity fed winery in the UK, allowing wines to be made with the minimal possible intervention. The grapes are pressed using top of the range Coquard PAI presses to achieve the best extraction of juices in the most gentle manner possible.
The fantastic winemaking team is headed by Hervé Jestin who has overseen the production of more than 200 million bottles of Champagne and sparkling wine during his career and was chef des caves at Champagne Duval Leroy for over 20 years. Hervé is widely considered to be one of the best winemakers in the Champagne region.