Welcome to Pebblebed
SOUTH WEST VINEYARDS WINE AWARDS 2014 - GOLD!
Pebblebed Sparkling wins a Gold Medal and our Pinot Noir Red wins a Bronze Medal
HARVEST 2014 - PRELIMINARY DATES (subject to change)!
Very excited - the grapes are getting sweet and we can start to predict likely harvest dates - last year more than 500 people came to help us with the harvest over about 4 weekends so please do come and bring wellies and secateurs if you can. Children very welcome. Please do check back with this web site day before just in case the weather changes anything.
CONFIRMED - Sunday 21st September - 10am till 2pm - Ebford Vineyard - harvesting Rondo and Pinot Noir grapes - we will have a hog roast and wine to toast the start of the harvest.
Sunday 28th September - 10am till 12am - Clyst St George Vineyard - harvesting Rondo and Regent grapes - we will have coffee and cakes
Saturday/ Sunday 11th/12th October - 10am till 2pm - Ebford Vineyard - harvesting Seyval Blanc grapes - Hog roast lunch on the Sunday.
Saturday/Sunday 18th/19th October - 10am till 2pm - Ebford Vineyard - harvesting Seyval Blanc grapes - we will have a hog roast and wine to toast the end of the harvest.
Ebford Vineyad is along far end of Ebford Lane post code EX3 0QU
Clyst st George Vineyard is down lane opposite Clyst St George Church post code EX3 ONZ
PEBBLEBED WINE FESTIVAL 2014 - Thanks
What a great time - we were blessed with the weather and about 800 people came along some camping to enjoy the music local foods and we managed to line up 49 Devon wines from 10 vineyards for people to taste!
Thanks to everybody who helped support and put on the festival - already thinking about next year and getting 50 devon wines - perhaps matched by 50 Devon Cheeses - there's a challenge!
PEBBLEBED TOPSHAM CELLAR NEW SUMMER OPENING HOURS - open Thur to Sat evenings and sat lunchtime
Closed Saturday 13th September at lunchtime due to festival
Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings 5:30pm till 10pm and Saturday lunchtimes 11am till 2pm. We only take bookings for larger groups (6 or more) and for people who have our wine tasting and tapas vouchers - please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make bookings.
Outside these hours we are happy to open for groups of 10 or more.
If you wish to purchase wine or gifts outside these hours do call and i can meet you at the cellar or winery - email@example.com - 07814 788348
The vineyard is at Clyst St George just south of Exeter. Find the church at Clyst St George and go down lane opposite the Church - post code EX3 ONZ
i am afraid the vineyard is only open to the public to those booked on one of our vineyard tours at 4pm on a Thursday and 11am and 3pm on Saturdays. Please see our "vineyard tours" page for more information.
PEBBLEBDED SPARKLING - Best in Devon and 13th Best in UK
Unlucky for some perhaps but up against all the best Sparkling wines in the UK - Pebblebed Sparkling came 13th out of more than 100 sparkling wines and the highest placed Devon Sparkling. This is a good result considering we were up against all the top vineyards such as Nyetimber and Rigeview. We were 2 places behind an old vintage of Camel Valleys sparkling which has a very good reputation internationally! Of course for us we are pleased when we have good comments from local customers but its also great to have this as confirmation that we are producing top quality sparkling.
IN THE VINEYARD
July and flowering has finished with a great fruit set. Next we are taking leaves off around grapes to let sun in and foliar feeding with seaweed to help the health of the vines during the grape swelling stage. Vineyard Tours now well under way.
We have planted a new area of vineyard close to the winery which has a few rows of all of the varieties of vines that we grow.
Tours have started! - see "book a vineyard tour" for times and dates and to book.
IN THE WINERY
About to bottle our sparkling rose from last year - 16,000 bottles - do contact me if anybody wants to help!
Looking like another great year in the vineyard so will need to clear tanks and possibly buy more.
EXETER FOOD FESTIVAL 2014 -
Exeter Food Festival -Another fab festival although a bit damp! - we had our old french van serving Devons finest Fizz and oysters. This is our eighth year at the festival and it was great to see lots of old friends and meet many new ones - thanks for tasting and drinking Pebblebed - a big thanks also to chef Michael Caines and the Festival Committee who pulled off another great festival! - see you next year!
PEBBLEBED SPARKLING ROSE @ MAGDALEN CHAPTER HOTEL EXETER
Magdalen Chapter is now recognised as one of Exeters best hotels -so we were delighted when they approached us to feature our Sparkling Rose on their wine list. Its great to have our flagship Devon Sparkling served at these top establishments within a few miles of where it is grown and produced.
PEBBLEBED SPARKLING ROSE @ GIDLEIGH PARK
We are now supplying Gidleigh Park with our flagship Sparkling Rose - voted recently the no.1 restaurant in England by the Sunday Times. Gidleigh is home to 2 Michelin star celebrity Chef Michael Caines and a wonderful experience not to be missed. As one would expect, the dining experience is matched with one of the finest cellars in the UK, holding over 1,300 bins under the expert guidance of Master Sommelier, Edouard Oger. So its a priviledge to have Pebblebed in the Cellars.
HARVEST 2013 - Nov 2013 - all finished - a very good year!
45 tonnes of grapes - wow!
Well thats it - an amazing effort by all our helpers to bring in this huge harvest. 45 tonnes of grapes equates to about 40,000 bottles - last year we picked only 4 tonnes due to the poor weather - our previous best year was 2010 when we picked about 20 tonnes.
We could not have done this without the wonderful support and help from all over our community. In total we must have had about 500 people help us pick the grapes over the four week harvest period.
The grapes have all been pressed in our Clyst St George Winery and are in various stages of wine production from cold juice awaiting yeast addition to our pinot noir red, harvested in late September, which has gone through fermentation and is already tasting promising!
The wines will go through different wine making stages over the winter period and as it warms up in Spring we will look to bottle our still wines - our fruity dry white - our classic rose and we are very excited about our reds which due to good reviews we are for the first time making in much larger quantities. Our Sparkling wines will then go through a stage of second fermentation in bottle (classic Champagne Method) and will spend a futher 1 to 2 years resting "on lees" in our cellars before disgorging and release.
Time to light the fire and celebrate - a very good Devon Vineyard Year!
Thanks and best wishes
HOSPISCARE DEVON VINEYARD OPEN DAY - SUNDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER 10 TILL 4
Fab day - £2500 to Hospiscare Devon despite not the best weather. Thanks to everybody who came along and made the day so enjoyable.
DECANTER MAGAZINE - ENGLISH SPARKLING TASTING - Decanter the world respected wine magazine recently held a tasting of the top English Sparkling wines and we are delighted that both our Sparkling White and Sparkling Rose have done very well - both being recommended by the magazine.
GIFTS & PRESENTS! - WINE TASTING VOUCHERS
Our wine tasting vouchers seem to be going very well as presents - available from £30 for two people - please click on the box to the left and down for more information. Vouchers are sent out with one of our information vineyard brochures by first class post. Alternatively pick up from the cellar.
FACEBOOK - NEW PAGE for vineyard, winery and cellar news and events please click here to go to the page and then "like" the page if you are on Facebook - thanks
PEBBLEBED 2013 WINES
We have now released our 2013 white rose and red- Really pleased!
Also our sparkling wines are drinking very well! - according to Suzy Atkins (Telegraph wine correspondent).
Introduction to Pebblebed
Pebblebed Vineyards are located near Topsham, Exeter in Devon in South West England. Our producing vineyards are managed in an environmentally sensitive way and our wines regularly win awards in national and regional competitions. We have a tasting cellar near the quay in Topsham which welcomes people to try Pebblebed wines and a range of Devon and imported wines and local tapas. From the start we have very much enjoyed sharing our passion for growing grapes and making wine in Devon and we hope the information on the following pages is of interest. Please do contact us if you need any further information. contact
STOP PRESS! - Devon rose wines beat Loire wines in competition - Pebblebed comes joint top! Full details under Pebblebed information -look left and down.
Our Sparkling Rose was featured on Market Kitchen TV program recommended by Chef Michael Caines. Also recommended in the Sunday Times Style Magazine wine column.
HEN PARTIES/MOTHERS DAY/ WEDDING GIFTS/ BIRTHDAYS/ RETIREMENT PRESENTS - SPECIAL EVENTS - WINE TASTING VOUCHERS/ ADOPT A VINE OR ROW AND OTHER GIFTS - Please see our "buy wine and gifts" page for some interesting ideas including wine tasting vouchers £40 and "adopt a vine" gift package from £55