WELCOME TO OLD WALLS VINEYARD
Welcome to the Old Walls website. You will be able to find out more about Old Walls, our wines and how you can visit us.
Alternatively, you can discover how we make our wines, and read about wine making in the 21st century.
Our Winery shop and cafe is open for you to purchase our wines and meet up with friends over a lunch or afternoon tea.
We have ample on site parking and wheelchair access.
We all look forward to seeing you.
ABOUT OLD WALLS VINEYARD
There was evidence of a vineyard on the site over 2000 years ago. The Romans took advantage of the south facing slopes and well-drained soil, as we are doing once more.
The name 'Old Walls' has been adopted from its proximity to another place of historical interest, The 'Bishops Palace'. Walter Bronsecombe, a native of Exeter, took over as bishop in 1258, displaying an integrity of character and attention to ecclesiastical duties. He secured a market and fair for Bishopsteignton in 1270, and during the following decade instigated the construction of the Bishop's Palace, the inspiration of the naming of Old Walls Vineyard. All that is left of the 13th century building are some small sections of wall which Ken has taken great interest in helping to restore and keep this Ancient Monument on display for future generations. When you visit us why not take time to see this fascinating insight into Devon's past. The vineyard also has a lovely Tea Room with a covered outside eating area overlooking the spectacular countryside.
MAKING OUR WINES & TOURS OF THE VINEYARD & WINERY
Great present for the Wine connoisseur. Why not give a tour of the Vineyard and Winery
(individuals or groups). Tours may be requested in advance by contacting us, these will be subject to weather conditions on the day.
Due to the steepness and uneven terrain of the Vineyard this section of the tour is not recommended for
persons with limited mobility. However, the remainder of our site has been designed with disability
access including the Tea Rooms, Shop and Winery.
Modern Winery's are places of cleanliness and stainless steel. On the tour you will see the processes
and equipment for yourself.You may wish to end your tour by sampling some of our wines, or a refreshing
beverage and a snack in our Tea Rooms.
The process of making wine starts in the vineyard when the ripe grapes are picked during October. They
are then transferred to our Winery where the process of turning the grapes into wine begins. Whatever the
colour or variety of grapes being used, the initial process is the same when the grapes enter the Winery.
They are first placed into the ‘de-stalker’ which, as the name suggests, removes the stalks and any other
items accidentally collected during picking. It also mashes the grapes in readiness for the next process,
which is where red and white wine making differ.
White and Rosé Wines
Upon completion of de-stalking and mashing, the mixture is placed into a press to begin the juice extraction.
Gone are the days of many people stamping their feet in a large tray full of grapes, juice is extracted under
hygienic conditions using stainless steel and pneumatic. The press extracts as much juice and flavour from
the grapes and a reading is taken to confirm the sugar content of the pressing. The ‘Wine Standards Board’
lays down strict regulations on sugar content of the wine and the resulting alcohol content, which at Old
Walls is 11.5% for our white wines. The juice is then pumped into one of our large tanks to begin its
transformation into beautiful Old Walls wine.
Making Old Walls Red is a completely different process. After the de-stalking and mashing, the resulting
juice, skins and pips are all transferred to one of our large tanks. A twice daily process is now required
of ‘knocking back’ the fermenting mixture called a ‘Must’ to ensure maximum taste and colour. After ten
days the liquid is drained and the remaining mixture of skins and pips are pressed to extract as much of
the fermenting flavour as possible. This is then added to the initial liquid and further fermentation
takes place. Only at this stage do we take a sugar reading similar to the ‘white’ to calculate an alcohol
content of 12%.
Red, White & Rose Wine Fermentation
The process of fermentation takes approximately three weeks and in early December the young wines are
transferred once more to remove any sediment that is naturally created by fermentation. This process is
called ‘Racking’, after which the wine is left until February when once more it is ‘Racked’ and checked
for quality. In March ‘Finning’ of the wine is undertaken, which removes the very fine particles. Without
this process the wine would appear cloudy in the bottle and unappealing to the drinker. Finally in April,
a full seven months after the grapes were picked the wine is bottled, labelled and laid down in our cellars
before being offered for sale.
Sparkling Wine – The Ultimate Wine Making Art
To make our Old Walls sparkling wine we start from the fermented white wine and re-ferment with the addition
of champagne yeast and sugar. The alcohol content of the finished sparkling wine is 12% and again strict
rules are laid down to ensure that this target is met. The young sparkling wine is bottled with temporary
caps and placed upside down into racks called ‘Remuage’ or ‘Riddling Racks’. Traditionally made of Oak
these racks accommodate the neck of the bottle allowing the ‘Riddler’ to turn the bottle each day to
ensure any sediment being formed makes its way into the neck. ‘Riddling’ is an age old tradition of
ensuring Sparkling wines and Champagnes are sediment free and is only now being mechanically surpassed
by the unromantic sounding ‘Gyropalette’.
Nine months later the secondary fermentation is completed and the tiny bubbles of carbon dioxide produced
during this process have now been dissolved into the wine. This gives you the unmistakable ‘fizz’ and
bubbles, making sparkling wines and Champagnes so exciting.
Finally, the bottle necks are frozen at minus 30°c and the caps of the bottles removed. The high pressure
inside the bottle sends the frozen plug, containing the sediment, speeding out and therefore cleaning the
neck. More wine is used to top-up what has been lost before finally applying the cork, wire cage and foil
cap. The bottles are once again laid down for a further period before being labelled and sold.
Tea Room & Winery Shop
The Old Walls Tea Rooms and Shop makes the ideal place to meet up with friends.
The Tea Rooms offers a glass of our wine, morning coffee and homemade cakes, a light lunch, cream
tea or an afternoon tea for two. We aim to use fresh local ingredients wherever possible and our
lunches are made fresh to order.
LUNCH SERVED UNTIL 15.45PM, Hot food served upto 3pm Cakes and Drinks available until closing.
Savour the relaxing atmosphere of the Vineyard Tea Rooms with its comfortable interior and relaxing exterior
decked terrace, with superb views across the valley to Teignmouth.
The Tea Rooms also hosts the Winery shop where you can buy your Old Walls wine to drink in, or take away.
Alternatively, why not order by phone with confidence and have it delivered directly to your door.
Booking your 'Buy a Gift' or Gift Experience Tour
At Old walls vineyard, we undertake tours of the vineyard and winery for individuals or
groups. Tours maybe requested in advance by contacting us. This fantastic experience is a unique opportunity
to discover how a working vineyard and winery operate. You will find about the entire wine making process
with your vineyard and winery tour, from planting to bottling the finished products. You’ll then be able
to try a wonderful selection of refreshing wines with a fun and informative tasting session, and this
fun and fascinating day out. Half way through the first part of the tour there is an opportunity to
take a stroll around the vines, although it is not recommended for persons with limited mobility.
However, the remainder of the site has been designed with disability access including the tearoom
We have two vouchers available:
GOLD EXPERIENCE you are entitled to Tea or coffee on arrival, guided vineyard and winery tour, afternoon
tea or ploughman’s followed by a cream tea and a bottle of still wine of your choice to take away with you.
This voucher is £50.00 per couple.
SILVER EXPERIENCE you are entitled to tea or coffee on arrival, guided vineyard and winery tour. This voucher is
£20.00 per couple
To book a tour please call 01626-770877, please note we are closed Mondays & Tuesday, however you can call
us from Wednesday to Sunday between 9.30am to 4.00pm. Or you can email us anytime on firstname.lastname@example.org, advanced booking is essential to avoid disappointment. We conduct two tours a week between Thursday and
We ask you to arrive at 10am on the day of your tour and please bring your voucher with you on the day and come prepared for all weathers.
If your voucher includes lunch please advise us of any special dietary requirements at the time of booking.