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Gallery: Dorset vineyard celebrates 15 years in business 

Langham Wine Estate recently marked 15 years since planting its vineyard at Crawthorne Farm near Dorchester.  

Langham Wine Estate recently marked fifteen years since planting its vineyard at Crawthorne Farm, near Dorchester.  
L-R: James McLean, Becky Bowyer, Jean Langedyk, Justin Langham, Calum Chance, Tommy Grimshaw, Carl Pinto, photo by Lara Jane Thorpe.

To celebrate this occasion, friends of the winery and the vineyard were invited for a day filled with wine tastings, tours and delicious Dorset seafood, prepared by The Langham Vineyard Café.  

Langham’s core wines were poured along with their collection of old and rare wines, while tunes were played by a Dorchester record store and local DJs, Vinyl Van.  

Sommeliers, restaurateurs, hoteliers and chefs from both local and London-based establishments joined for the celebration, including guests from Weymouth’s Catch at the Old Fishmarket, Dorchester’s The King’s Arms, Convivial Rabbit, Cerne Abbas Stores, London’s OMA, London Shell Co, The Laslett (Notting Hill), Kerridges, Koko, Iné, sister restaurants St Barts and Nest, hotel group The Pig Hotels, Tavistock’s Sovereign Wines, plus Wanderlust Wines and Lea & Sandeman.  

Making dream a reality

Justin Langham

Estate’s managing director, Justin Langham, said: “I take immense pride in evolving what was once my father’s hobby into the thriving Langham Wine Estate we see today, and I am truly delighted to see the estate reach this milestone.  

“After visiting many of the world’s most regarded wine regions and having studied viticulture at Plumpton College, I decided to make my dream a reality.  

“We planted 30 acres of vineyard in 2009 and have since expanded to 85 acres. In May, we planted 13,000 new Chardonnay vines on the final 10 acres of our planned expansion and are anticipating bountiful harvests in the years to come. 

“Behind our success lies a dedicated team whose passion and expertise produce the exceptional wines within our portfolio. I am very proud of what we have achieved so far.” 

Low-intervention approach to winemaking

The owners added that with a south-facing aspect, chalk soils and a unique microclimate, Crawthorne Vineyard provides a perfect terroir for ripening the classic Champagne varieties – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.  

Langham Wine Estate prides itself in making wines only using grapes grown on its estate, hand harvesting the grapes, and taking a low-intervention approach to winemaking. 

The dynamic winery team is led by Tommy Grimshaw. He has worked his way up from labelling wine when he left school after his first year of A-Levels before breaking new ground as the UK’s youngest head winemaker when he was just 24 years old.  

Now at 28, he continually strives to be creative in his winemaking, not bound by technical ‘rules’ with a focus on a low intervention approach. 

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Recognised internationally

The winery’s wines are not only recognised across the country but have also earned them the coveted Best Sparkling Wine Producer award at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) in 2020.  

Langham Wine Estate’s core range of wines includes Corallian, Culver, Rosé and Blanc de Blancs. 

Along with newly planted vines, 2024 has also seen Langham Wine Estate release its first still wine since 2020.  

The 2022 Chardonnay is named after ‘Search for Enlightenment’, a sculpture by Dorset-based sculptor Simon Gudgeon.  

At harvest, winemaking team Tommy Grimshaw and Andy Wiles agreed that the quality of fruit was great enough to make a still chardonnay, separating a portion of ripe juice from the heavier ‘taille’ fraction of the pressing. Langham’s oxidative style, use of old oak and wild yeast fermentation have formed a wine of elegance, expressive of the cool-climate and pure chalk soils of this small corner of Dorset.  

This is the first wine from the estate to be bottled in reused glass bottles. Priced at £23.95, Langham’s Chardonnay is available to buy at 

The owners added that, looking ahead, Langham Wine Estate remains dedicated to producing wines that reflect the unique terroir of Dorset. With a focus on quality, sustainability and innovation, the estate will continue striving for excellence for many years to come. 

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15 of the wines served at the 15th Anniversary Party, photo by Lara Jane Thorpe.

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