Lympstone Manor puts wine in focus with new vineyard development

Michelin-starred Lympstone Manor is to plant a vineyard within its estate on the East Devon exe estuary this April to mark the hotel’s one-year anniversary.

Owner and chef, Michael Caines said that the project had been ‘his intention’ to establish a vineyard on site, ever since viewing it in 2014, prior to his acquisition.

The newly-appointed vineyard and grounds manager James Matyear will oversee the new venture alongside Caines and operations director Steve Edwards, which will result in the planting of approximately 18,000 vines to produce classic champagne-method sparkling wines.

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The microclimate at the site is particularly suited to growing grapes, falling within the top 5% in the entire country, putting it on par with some of the best sparkling wine producers in the UK.

The aim is to create the first batch of Lympstone Manor Cuvee in October 2023 with the future ambition to produce still wines.

Caines comments: “From the first time I viewed the property in July 2014, my intention was to establish a vineyard on the site. The great vineyards of Europe are all located on rivers, the Médoc châteaux of Bordeaux on the Gironde, wine estates along Rhône, Loire, and Rhine rivers, the great port vineyards of the Douro. Why not the Exe estuary? Our climate is mild, and the success of other local vineyards has convinced me that it will be possible to produce outstanding wines here. Wine is a huge passion of mine and is an integral part of what we offer at the hotel, so I can’t wait to share our very own Lympstone Manor Cuvee with my customers.”

Lympstone Manor is a luxury country house hotel in Devon, which opened in April 2017. It has been restored and renovated by Michael Caines MBE, one of Britain’s most celebrated chefs and now visionary hotelier.

Michael Caines also runs operations in the Coach House Restaurant at Kentisbury Grange Hotel, near Barnstaple, Devon and Palé Hall Hotel and Restaurant, Llandderfel, Bala, Gwynedd. He is also a partner and ambassador to the Williams Formula 1 racing team creating signature menus over the Grand Prix calendar.

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