John Langham purchased the Melcombe Estate in 1980 as a working farm and it has since been expanded to more than 1,000 ha. A small number of vines were planted for personal use and experimentation, and it was not until Justin Langham took over the family business in 1991 that really serious thought was given to establishing a commercial winery. By 2006 the decision had been made to attempt to produce a quality sparkling wine and 38,000 vines of Chardonnay, Pinot Munier and Pinot noir were planted over 11 ha. Commercial fruit was harvested in 2010 with early trial wines tasted in 2012 proving encouraging.
Their 2010 Blanc de Noirs was successful at the 2013 UKVA and in 2014 they received media coverage when their 2010 Classic Cuvée was announced as winner of the 4th Judgement of Parsons Green Competition.
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