According to Met Office data mapped out by Ben, the South Norfolk weather is well suited to successful viticulture. In fact, according to the Visit Norfolk website, their county is the combined sunniest and driest part of the UK! This is especially important to the grapes around October when dry/sunny conditions can contribute to perfectly ripe grapes with optimum sugar levels.
Planted on gentle slopes, the vines here are blessed with unique soil - perfect for grape growing. Whilst much of Norfolk has rich clay soil (unsuitable for viticulture), Flint’s close proximity to an old Waveney river basin, means that the clay here has eroded away to reveal an area of sand, gravel and (ofcourse) flint. Once condemned by farmers as land not suitable for agriculture (their plows couldn’t deal with the copious amounts of flint in the soil) their soil actually great for drainage and reducing the inherent vigour of the vines.
Whilst their first two vintages were produced using grapes sourced from two other East Anglian vineyards (Humbleyard and Martin’s lane), we look forward to their first estate-grown vintage in 2019.