Pebblebed started as a community project in 1999. Eleven local families under the direction of Geoff Bowen came together to plant the first half acre of vines in an idyllic setting just to the South of Exeter in Devon.
From these beginnings, Geoff and his wife Anna quickly realised their passion for viticulture and with considerable help from the community and local farmers, Pebblebed has grown to more than 20 acres of vineyards and now has a modern winery. In a good year close to 50,000 bottles of Devon wines are produced.
At Pebblebed we produce both sparkling and still wines and regularly win medals and awards in local and national competitions. In particular, English Sparkling is now widely recognised as some of the best in the World and tastings have shown Pebblebed Sparkling is amongst the best in England. However, we are proud of our still white, rose and pinot noir red which definitely need tasting!
Our vineyards are managed with careful attention to encouraging wildlife and reducing the impact of farming on the environment. Pebblebed wines are similarly made with great attention to detail and in a “natural” way with the minimum use additives to best exhibit our great Devon “terroir”.
Sadly, a few years ago, our dear friend Geoff passed away, leaving his wife Anna at the helm. With the head winemaker, Alex Mills, part of the team for nearly 10 years, they have worked amazingly hard and continued to produce the award-winning sparkling and still wines that they are famous for.
However, recently Anna decided that it was time to step down and pass on the reins of Pebblebed and I am extremely proud to say that Pebblebed is now part of our Darts Farm family.
It was Geoff’s belief, and ours, that Darts Farm is the perfect marriage for the quaint & beautiful vineyard; not only do we share the same ethos’ and values, but we have the passionate team that can help take Pebblebed onto the next step of the journey; helping it to grow and evolve and showcase how incredible English wine is.
The day-to-day running of the vineyard and making of the wine will continue under the expert hands of Alex, the head wine maker; and during busy periods our farm team will be there to lend a helping hand.
Of course, the big annual community harvest will continue as it always has, and we will be calling on you to help get the grapes off the vines and into winery; but there will also be so much more going on: from vineyard tours and tastings to ‘meet the producer’ evenings and other Artisan Experience events.
There is such a bright future for this iconic vineyard and we are so excited to continue to build on its unique heritage and legacy.