Tickerage is a small, family-owned and run vineyard in the heart of East Sussex who produce hand craft wines that reflect and celebrate the natural environment that created them. With just 5 acres of north facing slopes on the edge of the Sussex Weald, they like to do things a little bit differently producing excellent quality English wine.
The winery contains all the equipment needed to process their grapes straight from picking, through pressing, fermentation, bottling, disgorging and labelling.
Zena and Anthony's bespoke approach from pruning to harvest means they know and lovingly care for every single vine and grape. The time from picking to pressing is just a couple of hours, ensuring maximum grape quality is preserved from their precious bounty.
Domaine du Météore
Ten thousand years ago, a meteorite struck a hillside in Southern France. Today, Domaine du Météore's vines grow within and around its cater. High up in the Languedoc mountains the domaine spans the schist soils of Faugeres and Saint-Chinian. Surrounded by garrigue with the scent of wild thyme, citrus and oregano, the domaine makes organic wines inspired by its land and history.
Named after the 300 meter-wide meteorite crater which sits at its heart, the domaine is situated in the village of Cabreolles, at over 300 meters of altitude in the foothills of the Haut-Languedoc mountains. The rocky, schistous terroir is rarely found elsewhere, and they are unique in having vines in two of area's most famous appellation Faugeres and Saint-Chinian (Roquebrun).
Caves des Vignerons de Saint Saturnin
We are very pleased to say that we now stock wines from the Langudoc Appellation, Saint Saturnin, and the neighbouring AOP, Terrasses du Larzac. These are fantastic wines including some delicious reds and rosés of which we are the sole importers. Terrasses du Larzac was recently lauded by the Telegraph as a relatively unknown but excellent Appellation. Set in the foothills of the Cevennes, the terraces descend from the high Larzac plateau escaping the burning summer heat of the Langeudoc plane. The limestone terroir allows for excellent drainage and these wines are gaining in popularity.
Saint-Saturnin is a sub-region of southern France's Languedoc appellation (formerly Coteaux du Languedoc). This means that as a recognised source of higher-quality wines.
The sub-region is named after Saint-Saturnin-de-Lucian, a village in the southern foothills of the Massif Central. The presence of the hills above the village creates a slightly cooler climate than that which is found in most of the Languedoc region, although the climate is still decidedly Mediterranean. Long, hot days and slightly cooler nights mean increased give provide variation for Saint-Saturnin's vineyards – an important factor in the creation of wines with balanced sugars and acids. The soils here are a combination of mostly clay and limestone, created over the millennia by glacial activity.
Domaine Rouge Bleu
is situated between the revered appellations of Gigondas and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Its 9ha of vineyards are cultivated in order to produce high quality biodynamic wines. Right in the heart of the Southern Rhone, the vines grow around the Domaine's 400 year old farm. Mostly composed of old vines, the wines are vinified in accordance with traditional methods - with every aspect of the wine making, aging and bottling taking place on the premises. The diversity of the vines, coupled with the passion and devotion of talented young winemakers Thomas and Caroline Bertrand, has produced some fantastic results!
takes its name from Occitan (an old language from the South of France) Font Salat, meaning Salted Fountain. It refers to the naturally salted spring of the Chateau which is used for the vineyard. Deep in the Saint Chinian appellation of the Languedoc, the Chateau produces some excellent reds but also white and rose wines. Having won numerous awards, including a bronze medal at the Decanter World Wine awards 2014 for its Felix Cupla cuvee, these wines are extremely good value and are a very well kept Languedoc secret.
Domaine Sainte Croix
is hidden in the rugged limestone hills of the High Corbières, situated in the village of Fraissé des Corbières in the very South of France, on the border between the Languedoc and the Roussillon. This is an area that has been widely reputed for its Grenache-based wines for well over a century and many of these same vines still give grapes of extraordinary depth and concentration. The small vineyard parcels are often bordered by age-old stone walls, fig, almond and wild cherry trees. Domaine Sainte Croix is owned and run by English husband and wife team, Jon and Elizabeth Bowen, who are investing their considerable knowledge to produce some delicious natural wines.
in the heart of the Entre-Deux-Mers in the Bordeaux wine-producing region, near Creon, the vineyards of Chateau Haut-Pougnan spread on the slopes of the right bank of the Garonne, superb clay-limestone soil and gravel. The eastern and southern slopes are home to the red vineyards, with the western slopes being the domain of white wines. The calcareous clay soils result in very fine wines with subtle bouquet.
"I've come to appreciate that the best wine is made in the vineyard. The winemaker's job is to let good grapes express themselves naturally".
Peter Hall - winemaker
Breaky Bottom sits in a beautiful secluded fold in the Sussex Downs – wonderfully remote; Peter Hall planted the vineyard in 1974, seeing the potential offered by a climate similar to that of Champagne and the Loire. At the same time modern plant science was developing early-ripening varieties, and demand was emerging for clean, elegant cool-climate wines.
There are just six acres of vines, set in this peaceful valley in the South Downs National Park. The soil is a free-draining chalk loam with flint just two miles from the English Channel set in a secluded valley offering shelter from coastal winds; thus providing an ideal microclimate for vine growing. Proximity to the sea also minimises the risk of spring frost.
Breaky Bottom is a small-scale family-run business producing top quality wines that command a premium in the market. Bottlings are limited to the yield of grapes harvested each autumn. In a typical year this might amount to 10,000 bottles.
Originally Peter planted Seyval Blanc and small amounts of other varieties. Having originally made still wines, Peter planted the Champagne varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Monier. The vineyard now produces some of the country's finest traditional method English sparkling wines, with all wines being made from a single vintage. Each of the wines are named after someone special to Peter, with two cuveés being produced each year.
Ridgeview Wine Estate
A family run winery making world glass English sparkling since 1995 at the foot of the South Downs near Ditchling, East Sussex. Winners of Winemaker of the year, International Wine & Spirit Competition 2018.
Ridgeview Wine Estate was planted with the three classic sparkling varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir. The chalky soil of the South Downs and its sheltered location in the foothills have made it the perfect place for the vines and grapes to thrive producing some of England's finest fizz.
The winery focuses on minimal intervention in order to allow the exceptional grapes to speak for themselves. The full fruit flavours of the grapes are perfectly balanced against the cool climate acidity for which East Sussex is now becoming world renown. The sustainable vineyard is supported by a state of the art winery and underground cellar to complement the ageing process and the all important secondary fermentation process; making Ridgeview Wine Estate pionners of the English wine scene.