Dillions Vineyard is a new vineyard based in Staplefield, West Sussex owned and ran by David and Lisa Trott. The establishment of a vineyard here brings to fruition an idea that was a twinkle in David’s eyes when he first visited and fell in love with the site in 2010. With 25 acres in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, bordering the beautiful Nymans Woods, it is a home as well as a thriving terroir for wine production. Dillions first vines were planted in 2019 and since this time they have managed to produce a range of exceptional English wine in small batches.
Dillions Vineyard is a small, family-owned vineyard in Staplefield, West Sussex owned by David and Lisa Trott. With 25 acres in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, bordering the beautiful Nymans Woods, it is a home as well as a business. Our first vines were planted in 2019 driven by David’s long -term passion for viticulture. In partnership with Defined Wines in Kent and selected vineyards, we have now produced three wines, two Bacchus, one 2019 and one 2020 and a Rosé with a view to produce a sparkling wine and a red in the future.
We have had some very favourable reviews for our new wines from some well -respected people in the industry with Matt Jukes describing our Rosé as ’ever so delicate and keenly poised on the palate’ and Helen McGinn on the 2020 Bacchus; ‘it’s not always easy to make wines here but when it’s good it’s really, really good. This one’s like face-planting an English hedgerow with elderflower and orchard fruits’
We were thrilled to win a silver award for our 2020 Bacchus at the Wine GB awards in 2021 and our Rosé was voted best still UK Rosé in the very well- respected report by Six Atmospheres and wine writer Tim Atkin.
Our distinctive labels are designed in collaboration with Kingdom and Sparrow design agency in Falmouth. Keen to stand out from other English wines, all symbols on the labels relate to Sussex, the landscape around Dillions or to the flavours found in the wines. For example, we have images of a Bullfinch and Sparrow along with the orange tipped and emperor butterflies on our labels, all of which can be found on the vineyard.