Bluestone is spread across 3 fields; Three Acre, Iron Age & Top Field, each with their own challenges and personalities!
Three acre vineyard
Planted in 2016 with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
Deliberately planted in broken parcels to allow for different behaviours between varieties and clones. This means differing levels of ripening and flavour development. These can be picked at optimal times and fermented separately. This allows for more components to choose from when making the final blend that will become the sparkling wine you drink.
Three acre by name, two and half acre by planting. In other land terms, this is roughly an hectare (1 hectare = 2.47 acres). This parcel contains about 3800 vines. On average this can produce 2700 bottles per year.
Our grapes are all gently hand harvested into 20kg crates to minimise damage to the bunches. These are then transported to the winery to be pressed as soon as possible to maintain high juice quality.
Did you know you can help with the harvest too? Keep an eye on our website and social media or come and talk to us at the cellar door.
Iron Age & Roundhouse
These parcels take their names from the history deeply embedded in the site. The field had been surveyed by archaeological experts to understand the history of the farm. There was evidence of an iron age roundhouse settlement and small holding at the bottom of the slope. This could have been a place for herdsman to stop with their livestock for rest, food and water. It was a well establish trading route from the East to the West. With Stonehenge in the area, and with many theories on its purpose, this area has always been a hub for settlement. The bottom of the field has a natural dew pond, which would have served as a great water source for animals.
We did reconstruct the roundhouse with a thatched roof and wattle and daub wicker walls. It was glorious until a stray cow got loose and tore it down…
We found a wonderful collection of items from this field. From flint flakes from arrowhead making to Roman coins. Cracked flints that would have been fired to warm water to fine Roman pot shards.
This parcel is our largest, roughly two hectares, and planted with about 7800 vines. A good proportion of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier thrive here. There is a steeper slope in this field and so the soil at the bottom is much thicker and more fertile than the thinner soils at the tops of the other parcels. The growth here is more vigorous, so we need to work harder to manage this in the vines planted here.
5400 bottles on average could be produced from Iron age and Roundhouse parcels.
Totalling 1 hectare of vines planted, the Top field consists only of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
This field benefits from all day sun, the warming, drying low sun rising in the east, which gently warms the soils and dries the morning dew from the vines leaves and the grass between them. This is important in managing disease in the vineyard, as damper conditions tend to promote fungal growth. The benefit of the sunlight as early as possible will also kickstart the vine into photosynthesising, producing energy from an earlier time of day.
The afternoon sun, from midday to when the sun sets in the west, tends to be hotter, which is great for ripening. This field will perform well due to the long days of sun exposure.
The Top field is also the highest point of our vineyards at 136 meters above sea level. This will mean the site is slightly cooler because of the altitude. These effects are balanced by the site being exposed to the sun all day. The site is also well sheltered from the prevailing southwesterly winds, which will help retain heat on this site. This is crucial for the ripening of the grapes.