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Meopham, Kent, DA13

A unique opportunity to purchase an established vineyard with great potential for further expansion. Available as a whole or in two lots<br><br><br>Meopham Valley Vineyard (Lot 1)<BR /><BR />Meopham Valley Vineyard offers a unique opportunity for a purchaser to acquire a well-known and respected English Wine brand which, with its current plantings, provides immediate income, with the potential to expand into a further 23 acres.<BR /><BR />The vineyard was planted in 1991 by the present owners. The vines which number 8,500 include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris<BR />together with the lesser known, yet extremely successful, Reichensteiner and Madeleine Angevine.<BR /><BR />The land itself is on a south-east facing steeply sloping chalk downland site being well suited for viticulture. The land is accessed via a track off the A227 main road which runs through the village of Meopham, a short distance from the property Norway House, which contains the retail unit which is licensed for the sale of Meopham Valley wine for consumption off the premises. The retail unit has a consent for Excise Warehousing.<BR /><BR />Because of its main road situation the vineyard has established good “farm-gate” sales of wine and visitor-related income from the tours<BR />operated between April and September of each year. In addition to these retail sales the vineyard has established good wholesale outlets.<BR /><BR />The vineyard has been successful in winning national and international awards for its wines, particularly the methode traditionelle sparkling<BR />wines. The current stock has the following awards:<BR /><BR />Sparkling Brut 2008 – 100% Reichensteiner<BR />• Gold Medal UKVA (United Kingdom Vineyard Association) 2012<BR />• Placed in the top 30 at Euposia Challenge in Italy in November 2012<BR /><BR />Sparkling Cuvée 2008 – 60% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir & 10%<BR />Pinot Gris<BR />• Bronze Medal Sommelier Wine Awards 2012<BR />• Silver Medal UKVA 2013<BR /><BR />Sparkling Rosé 2009 – 55% Chardonnay & 45% Pinot Noir<BR />• Bronze Medal DWWA (Decanter World Wine Awards) 2012<BR />• Silver Medal UKVA (United Kingdom Vineyard Association) 2011<BR /><BR />Meopham Dry 2011 – 100% Madeleine Angevine<BR />• Bronze Medal UKVA (United Kingdom Vineyard Association) 2012<BR /><BR />Pinot Gris 2011<BR />• Bronze Medal UKVA (United Kingdom Vineyard Association) 2012<BR /><BR />Pinot Gris 2010<BR />• Silver Medal UKVA (United Kingdom Vineyard Association) 2011<BR /><BR />Chardonnay 2010<BR />• Silver Medal UKVA (United Kingdom Vineyards Association) 2011<BR /><BR />At the entrance to the land is a traditional two storey barn with a pitched roof amounting to approximately 2000 sq ft which offers fantastic<BR />potential for conversion to a variety of uses such as a residential dwelling or a winery subject to receiving the necessary consents. There is a further modern steel portal framed barn situated at the southern end of the land<BR />next to the vines that is used to house various items of equipment.<BR /><BR />Since planting in 1991 the vineyard has been managed by the present owners who were joined by a qualified viticulturist who took up full time employment with them in June 2007.<BR /><BR />Offered for sale in addition to the land and property are:<BR /><BR />• The 2013 growing crop<BR />• The stock of wine currently for sale<BR />• Sparkling wine in the making from the 2009, 2011 and 2012 harvests<BR />• Equipment including a Same Solaris 35 Tractor, a Berti AF105 Mower and a Holder N5S Sprayer together with (roughly) 700 grape harvesting<BR />crates<BR />• The website www.meophamvalleyvineyard.com<BR /><BR />Stephen Skelton, a well known viticultural expert and advisor, says of Meopham Valley Vineyard “there is no doubt of the ability of this site to produce good quality grapes”.<BR /><BR />Norway House (Lot 2)<BR /><BR />Norway House dates from the mid 19th century with later additions and is constructed of brick with timber weather boarded upper elevations and timber-framed double-glazed sash windows with decorative window detailing all under a tiled roof.<BR /><BR />Many period features have been retained and the large windows offer a wealth of light internally. There is a spacious drawing room with a wood burning stove and a welcoming dining room which has an original fireplace and open fire. The Kitchen/breakfast room offers a full range of solid wood wall and floor<BR />cabinets with wood surfaces and the original walk-in pantry. There is a Rayburn that offers water heating, central heating and cooking services. There is a further bright study and cloakroom on the ground floor. On the<BR />first floor there are two double and one single bedrooms and a family bathroom.<BR /><BR /><br><br>Gardens and grounds<BR /><BR />The delightful and secluded gardens are predominantly laid to lawn interspersed with many plentifully stocked herbaceous borders and with many mature and specimen trees and shrubs. There is a small sun terrace for barbecues and entertaining.

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