Part of an exciting movement of English winemakers, Poulton Hill Estate was founded in 2010 and is situated in the idyllic Cotswold countryside, near the Roman town of Cirencester and Regency spa town of Cheltenham. There 8,800 vines have been planted on the warm and sunny south-facing slopes of Poulton Hill Estate. They have a responsibility to be not just environmentally conscious but also environmentally active. It is a responsibility they take seriously, from the Babydoll sheep that graze the orchard to the wildflowers we plant to help our insect population.
They are home to two flocks or rare-breed sheep, Jacob’s Sheep and Olde English Babydoll Southdown Sheep, two of the oldest breeds in England. Our Babydoll sheep are perfect for keeping the area around the vines tidy without nibbling the grapes – and they fertilize the soil as they graze.
What to drink with... roast chicken.
A classic dish – you can never go wrong with a roast chicken. We tend to gravitate towards Burgundy in France, whether it’s a buttery oaked Chardonnay or a Pinot Noir. But pleasures come from further afield too: a New World Pinot Noir or Chardonnay, a Viognier, or that food friendly Chianti Classico. Then of course the wild cards can just pull off something memorable: our Rogue Vine Grand Itata Tinto (old-vine Cinsault from Chile), a white Rioja, Blaufränkisch from Austria, a Chilean Merlot or a trendy blend from Sicily. Roll on Sunday lunch!
Like the look of the Pollo al Mattone pictured? You can find the recipe on the CHOPCHOP app - download it to your iOS device from the App Store.