Exton Park is one of the UK's few genuinely single estate operations, spread across a large hill overlooking the tiny picturesque village of Exton where the chalky terroir of the Meon Valley can be fully exploited. First planted with just 12 acres of Champagne varieties in 2003, a second site soon followed and in 2009 local businessman Malcolm Isaac - the man responsible for introducing packaged salads to the UK market - bought the land.
For two years he sold his fruit to a neighbouring winery but in 2011 was ready to branch out on his own. Winemaker Corinne Seely joined the team, having previously made the wines at Coates and Seely, and together with vineyard manager Fred Langdale she oversaw Exton's largest ever planting, a 25 acre site towards the foot of the hill.
Focusing solely on sparkling wines, Exton have only planted the Champagne varieties (Chardonnay 50%, Pinot Noir 40% and Pinot Meunier 10%) - and use only Champagne clones. The Guyot trained vines must be carefully trained as Exton Park also plays home to a famous shoot - and the pheasants have an insatiable appetite for grapes!
The winery too is solely devoted to producing excellent sparkling wine. Recently expanded to take Exton's total capacity to 200 tonnes, winemaker Corinne has not only carefully selected her stainless steel vats, but designed them too. The impressive Bucher Press system, hardly used by other UK producers, pumps in Nitrogen whilst pressing the grapes. Preventing oxidisation with minimal need for sulphites.
True to their single estate approach, and unusually for UK wine estates, all grapes used for Exton Park wines are grown by the estate. No outside fruit is ever sourced. Furthermore the winery is on-site and all ageing occurs in cellars located on the Exton estate. Exton Park produces non-vintage Brut Reserve, Rose and Blanc de Noirs sparkling wines, with plans in the pipeline for vintages and more single varietals.