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Smock Alley

a fine quality English sparkling wine

Our story is a little bit different

The combination of teamwork and passion

for the vineyard and the winemaking makes

this a very special sparkling wine

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Welcome to Southlands Valley Wines
Home to Smock Alley, a fine quality English sparkling wine
Our story is a little bit different
The combination of teamwork and passion for the vineyard and the winemaking makes this a very special sparkling wine
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OUR STORY

Southlands Valley is a bit different from other English vineyards. Owned by the family since 2014, we are run as a community enterprise with the support of a cooperative of local workers, who each have the responsibility to tend and care for a number of rows of vines. Each member of the cooperative is as passionate about creating an exceptional sparkling wine as Sarah, our founder and inspiration behind the project.

We have a tiny plot of land – just 2 hectares – in West Chiltington, near Storrington, West Sussex, on a South facing slope to the North of the South Downs. It is a rich Lower Greensand loam, ideal soil for growing our Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes. Our wine is produced by the renowned Wiston Estate Winery using traditional methods – a minimum 4 year process including the second fermentation in the bottle. We would expect to harvest around 10 tonnes of grapes each year, producing over 7500 bottles of sparkling wine – although late frosts or a wet summer or autumn can play havoc with the yields.

Unique, exciting and different every year.  Each year in consultation with our winemaker Dermot Sugrue, we produce a new vintage of our Smock Alley sparkling wines – each wine reflecting the annual journey of the vines over the past year from pruning through to harvest.
Our wine is named after our location on Smock Alley in West Chiltington which takes its name from the traditional Sussex smock mills which used to be found throughout the area,. Although it only has two sails now, a fine example can be seen in West Chiltington village.
The combination of teamwork and passion for the vineyard and the product makes this a very special sparkling wine.
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