On south-facing slopes, a stone's throw from the sea, lies St Martin's Vineyard - a unique coastal vineyard and winery working towards organic production of white, red and rose wines.
Leaving behind the landlocked Midlands, James and Holly moved to the island of St Martin's in 2020 to take on guardianship of this special vineyard which was first planted here back in 1996.
St Martin's, Scilly
The Isles of Scilly lie 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall - once you reach Land's End, simply keep going! St Martin's is one of the smaller inhabited islands boasting stunning sandy beaches, unique flora and wildlife, and outstanding local produce.
Biodiversity and Organic Production
The vineyard is a haven for wildlife including rare arable flora, Scilly shrews and a thriving songbird population. After years of minimal inputs, we are taking the next step towards Organic certification in 2020.
Since the first vintage was celebrated in the new millennium, St Martin's wines have been a well kept secret, exclusively available on the Isles of Scilly either direct from our cellar door or from a range of local pubs and restaurants where they perfectly accompany local produce.
In 2020, for the first time, our range of still white, rose and red wines are available for delivery to your door.
This Week on the Vineyard
We use this space to share our impressions of the vineyard as it moves through the season. We thought that the key aspects of wine tasting would be a fun basis for a sensory shapshot!
Spring flowers poking through the grass, songbirds picking through the compost, woody vines
The continous sound of the sea on the shore of Par Beach, the return of the dawn chorus, electric hedge clippers!
Springtime foraging on St Martin's - wild leek, sea spinach, three cornered leek and self-set rocket
The scent of hedge clippings which we shred and compost; the fresh breeze from the sea, warm polytunnnels in the sun