The Vineyard | English wine from the heart of Yorkshire

Award-winning Yorkshire wine lovingly nurtured from grape to glass

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Wine from the heart

Yorkshire Heart Vineyard produces wines from grapes grown at our vineyard at Nun Monkton, near York.  Our vines are nurtured throughout the year by our passionate team, then handpicked during our Autumn harvest by a wonderful team of volunteers and friends. 

The grapes are processed onsite in our winery, overseen by chief winemaker Gillian Spakouskas who carefully monitors the wines during a 12-month fermentation and maturation period. They are then stabilised before filtering, bottling, labelling and packing in-house. 

We are immensely proud of our business that creates fine artisan Yorkshire products by our very hardworking team. Through their dedication and passion, we are able to create unique and beautiful tasting reds, whites, rosés and sparkling wines.

Tours & Tastings

Experience the taste of Yorkshire

Wine from the heart

Yorkshire Heart Vineyard produces wines from grapes grown at our vineyard at Nun Monkton, near York.  Our vines are nurtured throughout the year by our passionate team, then handpicked during our Autumn harvest by a wonderful team of volunteers and friends. 

The grapes are processed onsite in our winery, overseen by chief winemaker Gillian Spakouskas who carefully monitors the wines during a 12-month fermentation and maturation period. They are then stabilised before filtering, bottling, labelling and packing in-house. 

We are immensely proud of our business that creates fine artisan Yorkshire products by our very hardworking team. Through their dedication and passion, we are able to create unique and beautiful tasting reds, whites, rosés and sparkling wines.

Tours & Tastings

Experience the taste of Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Heart Mission

To produce high quality wines to enjoy – and enhance the appreciation of what Yorkshire has to offer. We maintain the highest level of knowledge, striving to get better and share our expertise with all.

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Did you know…

 

Yorkshire Heart Sparkling 

Our Sparkling wines are the only sparkling fully produced from grape to glass in Yorkshire by means of the traditional Champagne method of a second fermentation. It’s a much slower process than still wines, taking an additional 12 to 18 months before our Sparkling is ready to enjoy. 


Our Grapes

Solaris A white fruity variety specially bred for northern Europe, this is our largest variety planted  

 

Ortega A German Vitus viniferous, fruity with white blossom flavours  

 

Siegreebe  A German Vitus vinifera, in good summers makes wonderful desert wines  

 

Seyval Blanc A French variety specially planted to make sparkling wines  

 

Schonburger  A German variety which is being replanted due to failure to grow in very wet conditions of the last few years  

 

BacchusThis is the typical English wine grape variety  

 

Madeleine AngevineA French variety which has proved over the years to love the Yorkshire climate  

 

ChardonnayWe have a small parcel in hope that it will ripen and enjoy Yorkshire life!  

 

Pinot Gris A lovely French grape with great flavours. 

Pinot NoirA Burgundy clone which is proving to be an excellent choice  

 

RondoOur main red grape variety; again this is specially bred for northern Europe  

 

Regent  A quality grape similar to cabernet grape  

 

DornfelderA German grape that has deep colour and flavour  

 

AcolonA recent variety bred for good colour and flavour in northern Europe  

 

GamayA lovely Beaujolais grape  

 

Cabernet FrancA French variety from the Loire valley  

 

Cabernet CortisA new French variety we are trialling. 


2000

In 2000, Chris and Gillian planted 35 vines in their garden at Green Hammerton. 

2005

Our first official bottle of wine was made (to be called wine it has to be made from grapes). This inspired us to look at the possibility of planting on a commercial basis. 

2006

After consultancy about site, climate and soil testing, our 7acre field was selected as having most potential and we planted the very first 1500 vines. We planted a further 1000 to 3000 vines every April that followed. 

2010

We reached 12,500 vines, filling the site. By this point, we never envisaged having such a large vineyard. Every year, the vines mature to give even more flavour and soul. 

2011

Yorkshire Heart became Yorkshire Heart Vineyard and Brewery, after we invested in a micro-brewery to produce craft ales. 

2014

An adjoining field was purchased and another 4,500 vines were planted. These were Rondo (for red and rose wines), Ortega (for quality white) and Seyval Blanc (for our award-winning English Sparkling wine). 

 

2017

If that wasn’t enough, we had already planted a cider orchard in 2013 and the first batch of cider was produced in 2017. 

 

2020

Our total stands at 17,000 vines across ten acres. We are growing 17 varieties of grape, learning every year which are most suited to the Yorkshire climate and topography to allow us to continue to improve our beautiful wines. 

 

From Chris and Gillian…

““It has been slow but wonderful process full of highs and lows due to the good old Yorkshire weather! We envisaged planting just one acre as a serious hobby but have continued planting each year to become the top-quality award-winning vineyard that we are today.

“When we first began we didn’t need wine making equipment for the first two years, so the initial investment was the vines and trellising. Bit by bit, we bought what we needed and we replaced our original equipment with more modern equipment,

“At the very start we were always confident that the vines would grow. We were 90 per cent confident the fruit would ripen, and after that it was down to our very own ability, or inability, to make wine from it.” “

-Chris and Gillian Spakouskas