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Charles Palmer came to the UK from New Zealand at 8 years old, settled in his ancestral motherland of Sussex and followed his father into farming. In 1998 he and his young family moved to the medieval town of Winchelsea, and in 2006 Charles decided the time was right to plant vines.
Winchelsea in East Sussex, is no stranger to wine, with a great history of wine trading dating back to the Norman conquest of 1066. Initially the Palmer family transformed 5 acres of their working farm into a flourishing vineyard at a time when English sparkling wines in particular, were receiving world acclaim for their quality with many rivalling Champagne. Today there are over 20 acres of vines with a further 10 acres earmarked for planting.
Charles Palmer Vineyards benefit from an ideal climate for vines, with its close proximity to the coast, south facing slope, and its terroir in particular. The lowest part of the vineyard is only 5 metres above sea level, and sits above a bed of Kimmeridgian clay similar to the Grand Crus of Burgundy.
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