“Although relatively small at around 2000 hectares, the English wine industry is flourishing and gaining an international reputation for the quality of its wines. Established in 1962, Rock Lodge vineyard in Sussex was a key player in the revival of the English wine industry and was one of the first producers of sparkling wine in the 1990s.
Situated at a latitude of 51°N and an altitude of 50-60 m ASL, Rock Lodge is made up of two fields, Pond Field (2.3 hectares) and Deer Field (5.0 hectares). Both fields are on south-facing slopes, which is advantageous from a sunshine and heat point of view, and help to drain away cold air, so the vineyard hardly ever suffers from frosts. The soil is a moderately-fertile clay loam over sandstone, with a depth of 20 – 50 cm and slightly impeded drainage in parts.
The climate in this area is maritime, with moderate temperatures, both in the summer and winter, and the site benefits from an average total rainfall of 830 mm and 1720 hours of sunshine a year.”
Lewes Road, Scaynes Hill, Haywards Heath, RH17 7NG