aBecketts Vineyard Paul Langham
This show was published 16 November 2007
a'Beckett's Vineyard is situated half way between Avebury and Stonehenge in the village of Littleton Panell. They are one of 7 vineyards in Wiltshire.
A large area of chalk flows down into the valley where a'Beckett's are situated. The top soil is green sand with chalk below, both are free draining. The Salisbury Plain like a giant sponge - the river hasn't run dry in 130 years so no water problems so far in terms of drought or flooding. They are on a fairly steep slope facing East, sheltered from westerly winds and with early morning sun. A rain shadow protects them from the heavy downfalls over in Devizes creating a good micro-climate.
a'Beckett's grow 5 grape varieties: Pinot Auxerrois, Reichensteiner and Seyval Blanc on reds Pinot Noir and Dunkelfelder.
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