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Martin's Lane Wines at The Fox and Hounds, Ramsden Heath, Essex

Nestled in Ramsden Heath in Essex, this pub/restaurant was a finalist in the Essex Life Food & Drink Awards 2018 in the Best Essex Pub category. With their menu of quality dishes sourced from local suppliers, local beers and large marquee for public and private events, this is a fine country pub that’s going places!

The owners, Mark & Sarah Hood spent a day at the vineyard recently and were so impressed with what they saw and tasted that they are now stocking Martin’s Lane 2014 Sparkling Chardonnay and our still 2016 Chardonnay. They intend adding more of our range as they continue to progress.

The Green Apron Cookery School

We are pleased to announce that we now supply red and white wines to The Green Apron cookery school.

The Green Apron is based in the home kitchen of a beautiful 1870s house in the heart of the historic village of Coggeshall on the Essex and Suffolk border. Run by Leith’s trained, experienced caterer and home cook Claire Barham, the aim of the cookery school is to help participants build confidence in the kitchen and learn new skills – whatever their current level of ability. Using fresh, seasonal ingredients The Green Apron also runs corporate lessons and provides outside catering for tailored events.

Claire uses predominantly local suppliers and has selected Martin’s Lane to provide the majority of the wines used to accompany the finished meals produced during the cookery lessons.

Martin's Lane Vineyard in the finals of Essex Food & Wine Awards 2018 Best Producer Category

We are thrilled that Martin's Lane Vineyard were selected as finalists in the Essex Food and Drink Awards Best Essex Producer category. At the awards dinner at Down Hall Hotel & Spa we were runners up in this category and would like to thank all our supporters and those who nominated us. There was some lovely coverage of this event in the Essex Life magazine with details of all the finalists and winners. We look forward to next year and fingers crossed we get nominated again!

2017 Harvest Report

We were fortunate again in avoiding the severity of late spring frosts which affected so many vineyards across the country and we like to think our situation on the tidal River Crouch once again came to the rescue. Even here though on the night of 26/27 April when many higher altitude and inland sites dropped as low as -7C the temperature still dropped to just below zero at sea level for about an hour overnight just enough to see a light singeing of some of the early growth in one corner of the vineyard, our first experience of this on the site. Luckily it was not enough to do any great damage and we were still close to our predicted yield for the year end.

The early unpredictability of the weather continued when higher than average temperatures in late June brought us flowering up to two weeks earlier than usual and we were seeing veraison in the vineyard in August across those varieties more normally expected in early September.

The late summer did not compare to the long settled dry and warm periods we had seen in 2016 with frequent wetter windier spells throughout the months following flowering, but this did not stop the march towards a much earlier harvest than usual with picking of early varieties starting around the second week in September and ending with the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir by the end of the first week in October, fully three weeks earlier than 2016.

Although not quite as spectacular across all varieties as in 2016 all our star performers reached between 80 and 86 Oechsele (up to 12% natural alcohol) the Chardonnay even exceeding the readings for 2016 – never two years the same! Overall the results bode well for the production of some further great wines.

Martin's Lane First Wines

Since release to the trade of the first two Martin’s Lane wines at the beginning of 2016 the partners have been overwhelmed at the response received. We are privileged and delighted to have been chosen to supply our wines to many premium restaurants in Essex, East Anglia and the West End of London.

We are proud to announce that our wines are now available in the following restaurants:

London, West End

Bonhams Restaurant - located within one of the world’s most prestigious auction houses, Bonhams Restaurant is the perfect Mayfair destination where a blend of French technique and carefully sourced produce succeeded in winning the restaurant its first Michelin star within nine months of opening.

MASH Modern American Steak House - located in Soho’s Brewer Street, the restaurant’s breath-taking art deco interior makes the MASH dining experience an unforgettable one where steaks can be sampled from the finest beef in the world enjoyed alongside one of the great wine lists of the capital.

East Anglia/Essex Border

The Great House, Lavenham, Suffolk - set in the mediaeval splendour of the magnificent Market Place, this award winning 3 AA Rosette boutique French cuisine restaurant is regarded as one of the finest provincial dining locations in East Anglia.

Le Talbooth, Dedham - nestling alongside Constable’s River Stour, Le Talbooth’s stunning and highly prestigious riverside restaurant provides an unrivalled dining experience with award winning cuisine in an idyllic rural setting with fine views across the countryside of the Essex/Suffolk border.


Alec’s, Navestock Side, Brentwood – a lovingly restored former public house situated in this historic Essex countryside clearing, Alec’s has become one of most sought-after restaurants in this area of the county excelling in fish and seafood specialities within its extensive and impressive menu.

Haywards, Epping – situated on the edge of the historic and beautiful Epping Forest, Haywards has employed innovative and modern European culinary techniques using seasonal and local produce at its very best to create an unforgettable and unique dining experience in the most friendly and stylish environment.

Vita Bella, East Hanningfield - situated on the Tye in the picturesque village of East Hanningfield, this beautifully restored former public house is nowadays home to the highly acclaimed Vita Bella restaurant, an oasis of fine dining excelling in classic Italian cuisine combining local produce and supported by unrivalled service from its highly knowledgeable staff.

West Street, Coggeshall - set in its own beautiful vineyard surroundings in this most picturesque Essex village, West Street has quickly established itself as a restaurant of the highest repute winning plaudits for its ethos of fabulous local foods and the very best of English wines.


Due to the early success and enquiries received for our wines limited amounts of each have now been allocated to retail sale and may be ordered by email through See our Wines page for pricing details.

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