The mid-20th Century vineyard revival in the UK owes much to the pioneering work of the English viticulturalist Gillian Pearkes. A founder member of the UK Vineyard Association, she published two influential books - Growing Grapes in Britain (1969) and Vinegrowing in Britain (1982) - as well as giving popular lectures and courses. And nowhere is her legacy more keenly felt than at Yearlstone Vineyards which she established in 1976.
A keen traveller and avid experimentalist, she planted Yearlstone with a mix of cultivars on a 0.5 ha site. After she died in 1993, the estate was bought by Roger and Juliet White who have replanted the original vineyard and expanded the plantings which now extend over 3 ha. White cultivars include Bacchus, Madeleine Angevine, Reichensteiner, Seyval Blanc and Siegerrebe, while Dornfelder, Pinot Noir and Rondo are the main black grapes.
Wines are produced under the direction of Plumpton-educated Juliet, at the modern winery established in 2002.
Vineyard tours and a licensed cafe are available with seasonal opening.
Winemaker: Juliet White
Yearlstone Vintage Brut
Yearlstone Vintage Rosé
Yearlstone Number 1, Dry White
Yearlstone Number 2, Dry White
Yearlstone Number 3, Rosé
Yearlstone Number 4, Red
Yearlstone Number 5, Dry White
Yearlstone Number 6, Barrel Aged White