Blessed with a unique microclimate, south-facing slopes and free draining soil, the Calancombe Estate is ideally suited for wine production.
After taking advice from a leading viticulturist, planting of the first parcel of vines commenced in 2013. Total plantings now extend to 23 acres making the Estate the largest in South Devon that produces its own wines and one of the larger estates in the country.
Meet Calancombe Estate head winemaker and vineyard manager Olly Shaw. Olly previously worked in France and New Zealand where he acquired skills and knowledge about the art of viticulture that he continues to hone.
"We do a lot of maceration as they do in New Zealand to enhance the fruit characteristics of our wines, but we’re also drawn to the community-style wine making that they have in France.
Olly sees sustainability as part of the appeal of locally produced wines.
"People love to visit us and pick up a bottle or two of something delicious. A great product they know has been grown and produced here and is supporting the local economy. We aim to be as self-contained as possible and do all of our own bottling and labelling, for example."
Calancombe is planted with Bacchus, Pinot Noir, Madeleine Angevine, Ortega, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. As well as the classic Pinot Noir they also cultivate the earlier ripening Pinot Noir Precoce.