Vintage performance as South Cave business lands Farmers Weekly diversification award

Little Wold Vineyard won a prestigious accolade at this year’s Farmers Weekly Awards.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 5:38 am
Alice Maltby, owner at Little Wold Vineyard, said winning the award was ‘simply incredible’.
Alice Maltby, owner at Little Wold Vineyard, said winning the award was ‘simply incredible’.

The award was for Farm Diversification and marks a near 10-year journey for the South Cave business.

Henry Wilson and his wife Heather planted the first 2,000 vines in 2012.

Knowing that it was four years before any grapes would arrive they set about planning the wine brand and creating the right space to host wine events and weddings. As the vineyard idea took hold, Henry’s son and daughter Tom and Alice returned to the family farm to help develop the work that had been started.

In 2016 the first vintage of Little Wold wines were produced (2000 bottles). Since then the farm has developed a significant range of wines.

The vineyard produces five still wines and two sparkling wines with a third sparkling to be added in 2021.

The wines have continuously won awards including a Wine GB trophy for the Poppy Hill Rose in 2020. The farm now has 14,000 vines as well as an additional 3,000 being planted this year.

Little Wold owner Alice Maltby said: “To be shortlisted for a national award came as quite a surprise.

“To win in this category was simply incredible. I think it brought home the sense of how hard the whole family has worked to put us in a position to be considered.

“I look at the size and scale of some of the people we were against and the sense of pride and emotion at winning was such a shock. We can’t wait to display our award in our new tasting room.”