We have three new English wines in stock, all from an exciting producer we’d like to formally introduce: Tillingham.
Previously, we’ve only had a couple of their sparkling wines in the shop (Col‘17 & PN’18), and now we’ve got our hands on some of their new still offerings. These include a white blend, an orange wine, and a rosé, so there’s something for almost everyone.
Tillingham Wines is part of a mixed 70 acre farm in Sussex, where they’ve been raising livestock and growing vegetables, herbs, and fruit trees as well! They just planted their very own grape vines in the spring of 2018 – the same year they released their first vintage using bought-in grapes – so they’re very new to the scene. This has worked to their benefit, as they’ve been able to observe the marriage of old and new methods in the world of viticulture and the rise in visibility for natural wines.
Ben Walgate, who founded Tillingham, started out making cider and has moved on to wine – all while maintaining a focus on ecological diversity and biodynamic practices. He uses a huge range of grape varieties and fermentation vessels, making their offerings extremely unique and progressive. Notably, Ben has invested in qvevri, which is a Georgian terra cotta vessel (shaped a bit like a giant vase) used to ferment wine: often buried in the ground.
The choices in Ben’s methods are guided by ‘natural’ farming principles, as well as his intuition. As a result, he has rapidly built himself a reputation for producing intriguing, quirky, high quality wines that are sure to be sought after for years to come. Stop in to hear us gush more about how much we enjoy the delicious bottles we’ve gotten in from the Tillingham range. The entire range is also available on our website.
Author: Sophia Tupy