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    We specialise in English wine

    The best wines from the best grapes from the best vineyards

     

    At Lyme Bay Winery we like to do things a little differently.

    Since 2015 we’ve been working with some of the best English wine growers to bring you a selection of delicious and award-winning still and sparkling English wines.

    We are one of a very few wineries that works with growers all over the country to get the best fruit rather than relying on what is grown in our own vineyards. That way, we have access to different grape varieties that grow better on different soils and in different microclimates across the country and use them to make exceptional, full of character still and sparkling English wines that suit every palate and occasion.


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    Chardonnay 2020 Vintage

    ABV 13%

    £23.49

    Shoreline Rosé 2019

    ABV 11.5%

    £15.49

    Brut Reserve Half Bottle Sparkling

    ABV 11%

    £11.39

    Brut Reserve Sparkling – NV

    ABV 11%

    £19.99

    Sparkling Rosé – NV

    ABV 12%

    £30.00

    Classic Cuvée – 2016 New Vintage Release

    ABV 12%

    £30.00

    Bacchus – 2020 Vintage

    ABV 11%

    £15.49

    Pinot Noir Rosé – 2019 Vintage

    ABV 12.6%

    £17.49

    Bacchus Block – 2018 Vintage

    ABV 11.5%

    £17.99

    Shoreline – 2020 Vintage

    ABV 11.5%

    £15.49

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    A fresh approach to English wines

     

    Each of our unique wines is fermented, blended and aged, as appropriate, right here at the winery under the supervision of our experienced team.

    We are the only English Winery to achieve an A* accreditation for manufacturing quality from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) ensuring that all our products are crafted to the highest standards.

    Put simply, our team’s dedication, patience and craft mean they know how to make the best English wines. We combine our knowledge and love of flavours and ingredients with our winemaking skills to craft award-winning still and sparkling English wines with a modern twist.

    You can read more about our ethos and plans here

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    Why choose English wines?

     

    It is time to celebrate English wine!

    English wines are an exciting new force in the wine world, producing world-class bubbles, winning awards, and, for the first time, beating major Champagne houses in competitions and earning well-deserved recognition across the globe.

    Unique flavours that make great talking points for your next dinner party, more consumer-friendly prices, support of smaller, family-run businesses, and more sustainable options; there’s something for everyone when you choose an English wine.

    Discover more about English wines at our quick guide to English wine

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    Love English still and sparkling wines, but aren’t sure where to start?

     

    People often don’t know where to buy English wine. That’s why LBW is a convenient way to purchase locally produced quality wines, whether you’re looking for something a little bit special or your everyday favourites.

    Our experienced team is always on hand to match you with the perfect wine for you and your guests.

    At LBW, buying English wine is easy.

    So what are you waiting for? Go on, try something new!

     


     

    Meet our Winemakers

     

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    James Lambert


    Head Winemaker and MD

    James started his winemaking career at a young age. Cutting his teeth in the wine labs at Broadland Drinks, testing 20 to 30 wines per day, he enrolled on a wine appreciation course led by Frank Leatherdale. James credits Frank’s knowledge, enthusiasm and passion, for setting him on his career journey into wine.

    He quickly moved onto his first WSET course, and his passion for wine was set. He started a tailor-made role within Broadland, looking after wine quality and working with various winemakers worldwide.

    In 2006, drawn by Lyme Bay Winery’s ambition to plant a vineyard and make still English wines, he took the job and relocated to Devon. While others had already shown that sparkling English wines of real quality could be made, he felt that still wines had significantly more potential.

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    Nathan Maddocks


    Assistant Winemaker

    Nathan has been with Lyme Bay for eight years, starting in production and despatch and moving to the winery six years ago, where he found his passion. Lyme Bay enrolled him on a wine course at the renowned Plumpton College, which he put into practice straight away at his first harvest. 

    He was particularly keen to work on the red wines as the last time Lyme Bay made red was a small batch in 2016. He describes it as very different from making white wine as you have to keep on top of it and constantly nurture it, giving it regular punch-downs and pump-overs (which sounds violent but definitely nurturing!). 

    Nathan was a valuable member of the 2020 harvest winemaking team, working the gruelling night shift. Along with the rest of the team, he agrees that the 2020 fruit was the best we’ve seen.

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    Sarah Massey


    Assistant Winemaker

    Sarah joined Lyme Bay in 2019, just before harvest. Before that (she describes herself as a ”travelling winemaker”), she worked at wineries in California, Australia and Burgundy. She wasn’t planning on staying for longer than one harvest at Lyme Bay Winery but enjoyed it so much she decided to lay her hat down. 

    During the 2020 harvest, Sarah worked the day shift and was astounded at the quality of the fruit, crediting it with a ripeness she has never seen in English grapes before and is excited about the wines we’re creating from this harvest.

    Sarah is also working on her own unique project creating a small batch of sauvignon blanc, which is looking great and will be ready to release later this year.

    The Lyme Bay Story

    Lyme Bay Winery is the home of LBW Drinks. Our small, dedicated drinks company is full of people who are passionate about producing delicious and award-winning English Wine, Fruit Wine, Cider, Mead, Liqueurs and Spirits from our home in Devon’s beautiful Axe Valley.

    Here we combine our knowledge and love of flavours and ingredients with our wine-making skills to craft award-winning traditional drinks, tailored to the 21st-century palate. Each of these amazing products is fermented, blended and aged, as appropriate, right here at the Winery under the supervision of our experienced team.

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