Owner: Castle Vineyards Ltd.
History: From 1988 the vines were rented to Sandurst Vineyards. From 1994 the vineyard has been rented by Sedlescombe.
Organic certification: 1994 Went organic officially from May 2004 (Soil Association), when part of the vineyard was rented by Sedlescombe Vineyard. | 1997 6 acres (2.43 ha) (AB) Soil Association. | 2003 6 acres (2.43 ha) (AB) Soil Association. | 2008 6 acres (2.43 ha) (AB) Soil Association.
Terroir: 3 miles from Sedlescombe. One of the most attractive vineyard sites in England and Wales. A steep, south-west facing slope overlooking the River Rother and Bodiam Castle, at 15-32 metres above sea level. Soil is fine sandy loam soil. Between 1979-89 around 1.82ha was planted with Blauberger and Pinot Noir for red, and Auxerrois, Bacchus, Faber, Kerner, Ortega, Optima, Regner, Reichensteiner and Seyval Blanc for white (too many grape varieties for practicality says Roy Cook). Vine density of 2.90m x 1.22m using a four arm replacement cane (Guyot) system. Yields Roy Cook of Sedlescombe told me by ‘phone on 11th February 2014 that vine age means yields at Bodiam are very small.
Court Lodge Farm
Bodiam, East Sussex TN32 5UJ, England