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, we moved to the island in 2020 to take on guardianship of this special site from Val and Graham Thomas who planted the first vines here 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!
Ripe bunches of grapes; flocks of starlings flitting from field to field; green returning with the autumn rains
Chattering starlings, gusting winds and the gentle hum of voices as autumn walkers stroll along the trackway beside the vineyard
The sharp edge appearing in newly fermenting wine as the sugars give way to alcohol - tasting the progress is a winemakers treat!
The rich scent of Rondo grapes fermenting on their skins; the soft aromatic scent of the Siegerrebe; the sweet scent of freshly processed Seyval