The 2017 Harvest Report

Despite a nerve racking start to the growing season, the 2017 harvest has provided a generous yield of high quality fruit and our second largest harvest to date.


Severe advection frosts at the end of April devastated many vineyards in northern Europe for the second year in a row. Although our vineyard didn’t escape completely unscathed on the whole we were extremely fortunate. Spring and early summer brought fine, dry conditions that saw the vines race ahead. Flowering in the Pinot noir and Pinot meunier happened quickly with good fruit set. The Chardonnay, being a week or so behind, was affected slightly by showery weather but was still successful. Following flowering the weather became rather unsettled with a lot of rain throughout August and into early September.

This deluge caused some splitting in berries which increased disease pressure in the form of Botrytis during the ripening period. With such an early season and fairer weather towards the middle of September, the fruit ripened very quickly and we began our earliest harvest on Thursday 28th September. The ripest of the Pinot noir and Pinot meunier had all been picked by Wednesday 4th October (still a week before we’d normally begin picking) and the Chardonnay and second pick of the Pinot noir and Pinot meunier was completed by Wednesday 18th October

Sparkling Wine Maker


Development of a separate grape receival area greatly improved the efficiency of initial fruit processing. In addition, the construction of an innovative barrel racking system and the purchase of new tanks, has not only provided us with the capability to hold reserve wine from year to year but also allowed us to increase our capacity for contract winemaking.

Although the Pinot noir was the highest cropping variety this year, it is the Chardonnay that was of the highest quality. In a move to reduce winemaking inputs and improve wine quality almost all the juice was left to spontaneously ferment. Some batches of the Pinot noir were a little sluggish and were inoculated to remove any risk of spoilage. All of the Pinot meunier and Chardonnay was fermented using indigenous yeasts and initial impressions are excellent.


2017 Set to be a vintage harvest

Our 2017 harvest began two weeks earlier than usual as a result of fine weather in spring and early summer. The team began picking the Pinot Noir on September 28th and the Chardonnay on Thursday 5th October. Daniel our winemaker comments on the potential quality:

“We were fortunate enough to escape the devastating spring frosts and experienced a fantastic start to the growing season due to the dry, sunny weather in May and June. Although August and September were challenging in terms of the amount of rainfall we received, diligent vineyard management combined with an early ripening period has resulted in excellent yields of very good quality fruit.”“After plenty of grape tasting and weather watching we decided to begin picking on September 28th, considerably earlier than 2015 and 2016 when we began picking on October 11th. As the first fermentations begin to take hold, early indications are that the wines from this year are of exceptional quality.”

The prospect of a promising 2017 harvest adds to the excitement of our recent major investment in the winery. As the company continues to expand there has been an increase in capacity of both the fermentation tanks and barrels plus the addition of a press pad for initial grape receival and processing.
Langham Harvest 2017
Langham Harvest 2017
Langham Harvest 2017
Langham Harvest 2017


Award Winning Sparkling Wine

We recently celebrated success in the 2017 South West Vineyard Association (SWVA) annual competition with two trophies.
The Ray Palfrey Cup for the Best Sparkling Wine was awarded to Langham Blanc de Blancs 2014, and The Chairman’s Cup for Best Sparkling Rosé to Langham Rosé 2014. Both of these wines received Gold medals, two of only five awarded throughout the whole competition.

First Fish and Fizz Evening

To celebrate English Wine Week (27th May – 4th June) we hosted our first Fish & Fizz evening on Friday 2nd June.
Tickets cost just £35 for a winemaker tour followed by a gourmet fish and chips supper from Dorset caterer Andrew James, plus 2 glasses of Langham sparkling wine. The limited tickets sold out fast!
Sparkling Wine Dorset
Winery Dorset
The tour started at 6pm when winemaker Daniel Ham took guests around our beautiful Dorset vineyards and on-site winery – where all the magic happens. After that guests then enjoyed a glass of Langham Blanc de Blancs 2011 paired with a fish and chips supper cooked by Jo and Andrew James, using local Dorset Arctic Char. This was followed by a delicious dessert of fresh strawberries paired with a glass of Langham Rosé 2013 – the perfect accompaniment on an early Summer’s eve!

Due to the tour being a fast sell out we’ll be sure to repeat the night – watch this space!


Langham Wine Estate Tasting Room Opens!


tasting room

After months of hard graft our tasting room is now open to guests; an original barn tastefully restored into a rustic yet practical tasting room.

Natural light is let in through floor to ceiling glass doors at one end, whilst industrial style lamps light up the bar area, complementing the traditional, provincial ambience. The décor is stylish yet timeless, with natural wood adorning the front of the tall bar, and a cool, concrete floor.

The tasting room will be used to host tours, and provides a beautiful space in which to taste Langham’s wines – for both organised visits and curious passers-by. Available for private tours, tastings and exclusive hire, eventually Justin and Daniel plan to host ticketed dinners with well-known local chefs.

Justin Langham, owner and founder of Langham Wine Estate, comments on the opening: “Dorset has everything required to produce wines of the highest quality: chalk soils, a warm climate and long growing season. Our tasting room opens up the opportunity for even more people to come and enjoy our wines just a stone’s throw from the vineyard and winery where they are produced.”

Daniel Ham, Langham winemaker continues: “We hope that it will encourage people far and wide to discover what Dorset has to offer, to taste, to visit the estate and get a personal insight into how we go about producing world-class wines.”

The opening comes hot on the heels of Langham’s recent success in two international awards this summer. As well as retaining the Vintner’s Trophy for Most Outstanding Wine in the annual UKVA awards for the Classic Cuvée Reserve 2011, Langham Blanc de Blancs 2011 won Gold in the International Wine Challenge (IWC) and Gold in the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC), in the Bottle Fermented Sparkling category.

The tasting room is open 11am-5pm, Thursday to Saturday in July and September, and Tuesday to Saturday in August. Go to the visits page for opening times.

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Best English Sparkling Wine 2016


For the second year running we have been awarded the Vintners’ Trophy for the Most Outstanding Wine in the English and Welsh Wine of the Year competition, for the Classic Cuvée Reserve 2011.  Extremely limited, it is produced from carefully selected parcels of barrel-aged Pinot noir and Chardonnay, bottled without being fined or filtered then aged for 36 months on yeast lees.

Justin Langham, owner and founder of Langham Wine Estate, comments on the accolades: “Winning these awards highlights our dedication to producing fine English Sparkling Wines that can compete with some of the finest sparkling wines in the world, including Champagne.

“Dorset has everything required to produce wines of the highest quality: chalk soils, a warm climate and long growing season. We are extremely proud to have won these awards and hope that it will encourage people far and wide to try our wines and or visit our estate to see how we go about producing world-class wines.”



Gold medals for our Blanc de Blancs 2011!


We are extremely proud to announce that our 2011 Blanc de Blancs has been awarded a gold medal at both the International Wine and Spirits competition and the International Wine Challenge. The same wine was also awarded a silver medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards. This is a huge achievement and once again highlights our dedication to producing world class wines from our single site in Dorset. The head judge at the IWC described our 2011 Blanc de Blancs as “Elegant and pure. Lemon and honeyed with freshness and balance. Good buttered brioche, citrus notes. Delicately balanced and long.”

The 2011 Blanc de Blancs is available to buy through our shop but stocks are limited so it won’t be around for long.


Dorset Wines Toast Alcohol Charity


On the 18th March 2016 we attended an event held in support of The Alcohol Education Trust at Bridehead House in Little Bredy, Dorset. Our wines sat alongside those of Steven Spurrier’s Bride Valley Vineyard and Furleigh Estate. The 70 strong crowd were treated to a tutored tasting followed by a light supper provided by local Dorset producers. The wines were of fantastic quality, with clear stylistic differences between the three estates – mainly as a result of differences in bottle ageing and the use of neutral oak in our wines. The event was a huge success with £3,000 being raised and thank you to all who attended. The event was also covered in an article in The Drinks Business:

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More awards for Langham Wine Estate


Following on from the successful crowning of the 2010 Classic Cuvee as the winner in the blind tasted “Judgement of Parsons Green 2014” among ninety four entries, this year has been even more successful. In the UK Vineyards Association annual competition the 2011 Classic Cuvee has received the top award as “The most outstanding Sparkling Wine” and a Gold medal, as well as receiving a Gold for our Classic Cuvee NV due to be released later in 2015.

We have also won a clutch of silver medals for our Classic Cuvee 2011 and Blanc de Blanc 2011 at the International Wine Challenge, Decanter World Wine Awards and the International Wine and Spirit competition. I don’t think ever before has a relatively new entrant to the English Sparkling Wine industry won so many awards in such a short space of time.