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Alder Ridge Vineyard

Cobbs Farm, Bath Road, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 0SP
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  • Alder Ridge Vineyard Classic Cuvee

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About

Alder Ridge Vineyard is nestled into the chalky slopes of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the borders of West Berkshire between Hungerford and Marlborough.

The terroir of their southerly facing land demonstrates many of the key characteristics of the Champagne region, such as it’s chalky substrates, as well as elements of the Loire region with it’s tough flinty topsoil. This made it the ideal location to establish grape varieties that have higher acidity levels and go on to make exceptional sparkling wines.

In 2011 the first 5 acres of vines were planted consisting of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Later in 2013, a further 2 acres of classic Champagne grapes, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Précoce were planted. By growing a variety of grapes to the already established 5 acres it gave them a greater ability to develop the character and flavours of the wines they make. 

After some very careful hand-picking, the grapes are boxed and driven to Hattingley Valley, near Alresford in Hampshire and managed by an award-winning team. Here, traditional methods like those found in the French Champagne houses are used, including the iconic Coquard press, barrel and bottle fermenting.

The vines a tended to by the resident Cobbs farmers, Jayne and Alison, who also manage the rest of the farm. The care given to each individual vine through the year is quite amazing. A might effort indeed. Running an English vineyard has brought the team immense enjoyment as well as challenges, but one thing is for certain and that is the future of English wine looks exceedingly promising.

Alder Ridge like to welcome groups of private bookings (6 or more) to their vineyard between May and September. A tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and is always followed by a tasting of the wine itself. A set-menu dining experience can also be catered for as part of a package.

 

Wine List:

2013 Blanc de Noirs

2013 Classic Cuvée

2014 Blanc de Noirs

Fun fact: The vineyard name derived from having to pollard a row of Alders on the Easterly site boundary when they were ready for planting. The iconic Red Kite that features in the branding is seen on a daily basis circling the vineyard. As a species that was only recently re-introduced into the UK, it was a very apt partner to the re-birth of English wine!

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

The site sits 1 mile from Hungerford adjacent to the A4 Bath Road and is easily accessible from Junction 14 of the M4.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station: Hungerford (main line from Paddington)        Check times for buses from Hungerford to Marlborough via https://bustimes.org/services/x22-marlborough-hungerford It is possible to walk from Hungerford train station in circa 35mins (1.4miles)

Facilities

Catering

  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering - We can organise menus alongside vineyard tour bookings should the group wish to join us for lunch in our café.

Key Features

  • In countryside

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Groups Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Min group size - 6
  • Prior Booking Recommended

Travel & Trade

  • Min group size numeric qualifier - 6

Opening Times

* Open for private bookings. Please contact info@alderridge.co.uk

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