The All Angels Story

Nestled deep in the heart of historic Berkshire

The owners of this property are stewards only, merely passing through time, but it is our honour to be part of its history. The Darley family fell in love with the House, its ponds, its ancient oak trees, its paddocks, views and engaged the foremost specialists to restore the House to its true beauty.

The more observant reader will now have guessed where the name of the wine came from: the parish church of Enborne.

Choosing a name that reflects the history of the locality was not easy - but All Angels had a strength and purpose that rose above all others.

The House

The House

Planting

Planting

The parish church of St. Michael and All Angels dates from at least the 12th century although some say has features that date it to much earlier times, possibly Saxon. The bell tower that is seen in some of the images in this website houses one of the oldest bells in the country, indeed possibly the second oldest. The Church itself has early Medieval murals and many of the fallen from the first Battle of Newbury in the 17th Century English Civil War are laid to rest in its grounds.

Approach

Approach

But what to do with the land? Whilst tempting to leave it untended and as a haven for the many game birds and deer that roamed and still roam. Friends had a successful vineyard much further north so could this be an option?

Growth

Growth

In 2010 a tentative approach was made to Vine Works.  The survey of the land came as a pleasant surprise: great land and soil, great altitude and a perfect south facing slope. So work began.  Grass was cut, turf was turned, land was tilled and soiled enriched.