As winegrowers, we pride ourselves in crafting terroir-driven sparkling wines using grapes only grown on our Dorset vineyard. We take a low-intervention approach to both grape growing and wine production, constantly striving to minimise our environmental impact and produce honest wines that reflect our terroir.
At the heart of the Langham Estate sits the magnificent Bingham’s Melcombe manor house, Grade I listed and little changed since the reign of Edward VI. Acquired by John Langham in 1980, Bingham’s Melcombe became the centre point for the Langham Agricultural Enterprise, today comprising over 1,000 hectares.
The Langham vineyard was originally established by John Langham on a very small scale. In 2009 John’s son, Justin Langham, decided to develop his father’s rudimental vineyard into a commercial venture, and planted 30 acres of land at their Crawthorne farm.
With a south-facing aspect, chalk soils and a unique microclimate, Crawthorne vineyard provides the perfect terroir for ripening the classic Champagne varieties – Chardonnay, Pinot noir and Pinot meunier. Established hedgerows provide natural wind breaks and habitat for a large variety of beneficial organisms. Growing our own grapes means we can pick at optimum ripeness, free from the shackles of contract purchasing and resulting in a better quality wine.
We are constantly working towards reducing chemical intervention in the vineyard, employing diligent canopy management executed at specific times. By increasing air flow through the canopy and promoting biological control organisms, the effects of disease are kept to a minimum. All our grapes are handpicked, and rigorous vineyard selection ensures only the highest quality grapes arrive at the winery.
Housed in a characterful old barn, the winery provides the perfect fusion of old and new. With a selection of temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and used French barriques, we have all the tools required to produce exceptional wines. With the winery located within metres of the vineyard, the grapes that are so carefully nurtured throughout the year are picked and processed within a few hours, avoiding the need to transport the grapes and risk compromising the quality.
Daniel Ham, Winemaker
Whilst working as a marine biologist in New Zealand, Daniel developed a taste for fine wine and decided to retrain as a winemaker. Having completed a Viticulture & Oenology degree at Plumpton College, graduating with Distinction and being awarded the Top Student Award, Daniel spent several years gaining valuable experience both in the UK and abroad. Daniel strongly believes that great wines are made in the vineyard and as result likes to split his time between the vineyard and winery.
Justin Langham, Director
Justin has always had a passion for wine, and in 2009 decided to make his dream a reality by planting a 30 acre vineyard site at Crawthorne Farm. Before planting the vineyard, Justin toured many of the world’s most venerable wine regions and studied viticulture at Plumpton College. The combination of these experiences gave Justin the foundations for establishing a world-class wine estate. Despite having numerous other business commitments, you will often find Justin rolling up his sleeves and helping to load the press or drive the tractor.
Having lived and worked in France, Spain and the UK, Freddie naturally gained a passion and curiosity for good food and wine. This was deeply embedded whilst training at Ballymaloe Cookery School. Freddie began working part-time at Langham Wine Estate whilst studying at university, and joined the team full-time in 2017. He enjoys learning about all stages of the creative process and can be found either helping Daniel in the winery, or outside with Tom and Jarvis in the vineyard.
During sixteen years working in London, heading up buying teams, spotting the next trends for some of the best-known retailers on the high street and travelling to far-flung places, Caroline also managed to indulge her passion for wine. Her move to Dorset, and a five year stint heading up the Retail and Hospitality teams at the National Trust, consolidated her belief in quality products with provenance and brands with stories to tell. Joining the team at Langham Wine Estate is the perfect opportunity for Caroline to turn her interest in wine in to something more serious and to put her experience in brand development to good use.
Tom first discovered wine whilst training to become a chef at Leiths School of Food and Wine, gaining WSET level 3 as part of the course. Following four years working in kitchens around the country, he decided to pursue his interest in wine and make it his career. Upon completing his degree in Viticulture and Oenology at Plumpton College, Tom naturally gravitated to the vineyard. After gaining valuable experience in a number of organic and biodynamic vineyards, Tom joined Langham Wine Estate as Vineyard Manager in 2016. He constantly draws on his previous experience to manage our vines sustainably and achieve the highest quality of fruit.