Titchfield Vineyard is a small English vineyard located near the village of Titchfield situated near the Solent between Portsmouth and Southampton. It has been owned by Colin and Nicky Baker for a number of years and they produce a range of wines including red, white, sparkling and, when conditions allow, a dessert wine. Their first wines were released in 1996. We currently stock their Pinot Noir and their Bacchus.
The first vines were planted in 1991 and are mainly Germanic grape white grape varieties including Bacchus, Reichensteiner and Faber and the red grape varieties Rondo, Dunkelfelder and Regent. There are have French varieties such as Chardonnay, Auxerrois, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.. The grape varieties were chosen for there early ripening and ability to withstand the glorious English climate. However, with climate change and warming temperatures these grape varieties are a little old-fashioned – most English vineyards now plant Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, the classic sparkling wine varieties. One has to remember that when the Titchfield Vineyard was planted Colin really was one of earliest vineyards in the area and that the English wine industry was a very different place to what it is today. Titchfield Vineyard Pinot Noir always sells out and, to keep up with demand, more plantings of Pinot Noir were made in 2011.
Titchfield Vineyard has a very special location quite close to the Solent and the maritime climate has quite an influence on the local conditions. The south of England location and warming maritime climate mean that Titchfield Vineyard has good growing conditions for allowing their grapes to ripen fully, indeed, at least once they have had the ripest (highest sugar levels) Pinot Noir grapes in the UK. This microclimate means they can produce round, fruity and balanced wines. Titchfield Vineyard’s wines have won numerous awards in competition, most recently the 2009 Pinot Noir won the Bernard Theobald Trophy for Best Red Wine in the UK from the UK Vineyard Associations.