Dinton Wines started in 2013, when retired Laurie Kimber wondered what to do with the field he’d bought down the road. Learning as he went, but with a lifetime’s knowledge of growing all manners of fruit and vegetables, he set about planting hundreds of vines on his 15 acres of land overlooking the stunning Chiltern Hills.
This area of outstanding natural beauty is the perfect location for Dinton Wines. With it’s south facing slope, chalky soil and temperate climate, Laurie saw the harvest triple from 2 tonnes in the first year, to 6 tonnes the second year.
When it’s time to harvest, the vineyard is truly a family business and Laurie’s children, grandchildren and even his great-grandchildren, as well as neighbours from the local villages of Dinton and Upton, all come out in force to pick the grapes.
Laurie grows the three classic grape varieties to achieve the subtle taste of his flagship quality English sparkling wine – Dinton Folly. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier combine to produce a dry, elegant and complex taste.
The first harvest was ready to drink in June 2016 and has been positively received.