2018 Harvest Report


A near perfect 2018 growing season resulted in a large crop of very high-quality fruit across all three varieties.



A very cold and wet late winter period gave way to an exceptionally warm and dry spring. With such a distinct change of seasons, bud burst happened very quickly and evenly. Although temperatures dropped to near freezing on the evening of 1st May, the threat of spring frosts this year was low and the vineyard made it through this nail-biting period unscathed.

Hot and dry weather prevailed through the rest of spring and early summer, and flowering of the vines occurred under perfect conditions in mid-June. By this point grapevine phenological stages were proceeding 2-3 weeks ahead of the average and canopy growth continued at a colossal rate. Dry periods were interspersed with small amounts of rain, and combined with soil water reserves accumulated during the winter months, the vines always had a sufficient supply of water. The 1500 new vines planted in May had to be watered on a couple of occasions to ensure root development wasn’t affected.

The first signs of veraison were seen on August 7th, three weeks earlier than usual. Higher rates of precipitation and cooler temperatures in August and early September slowed down the ripening process but also resulted in bunches swelling due to increased water availability. Harvest of the Crawthorne Vineyard Pinot noir began on 27th September, a day earlier than the 2017 harvest and around two weeks earlier than an average year. Picking continued under dry and often sunny conditions for the next couple of weeks and was completed on 11th October with perfectly ripe Chardonnay.



The quantity and quality of fruit received in to the winery over the 2018 harvest was simply astonishing. In addition to the existing capacity extra barrels and two small tanks were purchased so that no fruit had to be sold. This increase in barrel capacity was also required to ensure that the proportion of wine fermented in barrel (30%) to stainless steel (70%) remained similar to previous years and that the ‘house style’ wasn’t compromised.

All of the wines this year received very little intervention, with only small sugar and sulphur dioxide additions and everything fermenting with native yeasts.



Fantastic opportunity to run the Vineyard Café

We currently have a fantastic opportunity to run the Vineyard Café at Langham Wine Estate near Dorchester, Dorset.
Located close to Dorchester, Langham Wine Estate has developed a reputation for producing outstanding English Sparkling Wines. In 2017 we opened a Tasting Room and Café on-site in a converted dairy, to host tours, tastings and regular events. We are now looking to develop our food offer further to ensure it fully complements our wine portfolio and reflects the growing customer demand for provenance and innovation, whilst providing value for money.

This presents an exciting opportunity for a company or individual, with a proven catering background, to run the Vineyard Café. As part of a vibrant Dorset Food & Drink community you will create a compelling selection of daily and event menus, alongside an exemplary service proposition that will grow with our core business.
We are looking for a partner who will work with our small and friendly team and is committed to ensuring customers consistently receive an exceptional and memorable experience.

The chosen operator will be expected to sign up to a two-year agreement starting January 2019.

For expressions of interest please email justin@langhamwine.co.uk by close of play Friday 16th November.

Interviews will take place Monday 26th November.


Winery Assistant Required

We currently have a fantastic opportunity for a Winery Assistant to join our small team based close to Dorchester, Dorset.

At Langham Wine Estate we pride ourselves in producing terroir-driven, thought-provoking wines using only the highest quality Chardonnay, Pinot noir and Pinot meunier grown on our single vineyard site. We also produce a limited amount of wine under contract for a number of vineyards in the South of England. We currently have an exciting opportunity for an Assistant to join our team to help with all aspects of winery work and support our continued growth. The successful candidate will have an open-minded approach and as part of a ‘grower estate’ be willing to become involved in all aspects of the business.


  • Assist the Winemaker with all winery tasks: harvest, blending, bottling and general organization and cleaning
  • Riddling, disgorgement and labelling of wine
  • Maintenance of winery equipment including presses, pumps, bottling line, disgorging machine and labelling line
  • Diligent record keeping at all stages of the winemaking process
  • Basic laboratory analysis on juice and wine
  • Involvement in all wine evaluation and input on winemaking decisions
  • Supervision of additional staff including training and H&S protocols
  • Assist with vineyard tasks as needed
  • Help with tours and tastings as required
  • Adherence to health and safety regulations

Personal attributes

  • Passionate about minimal intervention winemaking
  • Organised and efficient with attention to detail
  • Be willing to work weekends and evenings when required
  • Strong team player


Qualifications & experience

  • Winery experience preferred
  • Full, clean UK driving license
  • Forklift license beneficial
  • Computer literate with good Microsoft Office skills
  • Sales and customer service experience would also be beneficial
This is a permanent, full-time position beginning with a 6-month probationary period. Salary will be negotiable depending on experience.

Please send a CV and covering letter to winery@langhamwine.co.uk
Closing date: Friday 16th November 2018