Our Story

You can find out the whole story of Alder Vineyard by joining us for a Tour and Tasting. Below is a brief introduction to our first 10 years in the world of English Wine and our vision for the future.

Our History

Our family have been at Alder for generations. Fed up with dairy farming, Bob and Anne sold the cows and created Alder Sportswear in the 60’s. Their venture has since become the UK’s leading Surfing hardware producer and is still based in the old cow sheds on the farm today.

In the same spirit of diversification, we decided to transform one south facing field of the farm into our vineyard.

Our Vineyard

In 2008 we planted our very first vines and we have never looked back. The decision to create a vineyard in Devon came from a huge love of the outdoors, alongside a passion for wine and the desire to be challenged!

Since starting our English wine journey we have well and truly ‘caught the bug’. Tending to the vines with the stunning rolling hills of Dartmoor in the background is hard to beat.

Our Grapes

After tasting several potential vine varieties we fell in love with the dry, crisp and fruity taste of the  Madeleine Angevine grape. The vine is perfectly suited to our climate and terroir and our 2014 vintage has since won several awards, including a silver medal in the 2017 Independent English Wine Awards. 

In 2012, after visiting another Devon vineyard we decided to expand to include 550 Rondo vines. Since our first Rosé vintage was released in 2015, this wine has proved extremely popular, perfectly accompanying many summer barbecues.

Our Future

With our English wine journey evolving from a passion for growing our own product, it’s only natural that our next step is to perfect making the wine ourselves. Over the coming year we hope to bring our whole operation in house with Tom, our son training to be a English winemaker.

We also have plans to steadily grow the number of vines here at Alder, introducing new varieties and styles.  Keep your eyes peeled for some brand new Alder wines in the future amongst other exciting news.

Meet Our Team

Mike Hodgetts

Vineyard Manager (Partner)

Sarah Hodgetts

Sales Manager (Partner)

Tom Hodgetts

Vineyard Assistant Manager

Adam Birch

Marketing & Design Manager

Why Not Come And Meet Us!

Like what you see? Join us for a full tour and tasting experience to discover more about our vineyard and English wines. 

Join our Vine Club

Opening Times

Open by appointment only while we work on our new shop, kitchen and on-site winery. 

Check back for updates on our spring relaunch. 

Contact Us

Alder Vineyard,
EX20 4PJ
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07813 752 805

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