In 2010, Ian (owner and head wine maker) working with an agronomist to test whether the ground at Laurel Vines would be suitable for the growth of vines.
This was always going to be challenging given the cooler Yorkshire climate, however over the years we have added measures to combat this and by carefully selecting varieties of grapes which can prosper in our environment.
Our current total of vines for 2023 (April) is at 15,500 vines, we expanded in varieties with 12 different vines being grown at Laurel Vines. These include the three Champagne varieties; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
We have chosen to expand the range of varieties to suit different wine tastes. Similarly, our new winery which was built in 2016, was designed to be state of the art. This includes the addition of temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, waste water recovery and wine filtration but to name a few. Since the establishment of our new winery, we have also produced red wines which have been aged in French oak barrels.