Dear Sharpham Friend,
It’s time for me to retire. This will give me heaps more time to have a glass or two of refreshing Dart Valley wine and I’m counting my blessings that after 32 years at the sharp-end of this wonderful business, we have found a great way for it to continue and to thrive into the future.
On 1 October, Sharpham wines will be made and sold by our close neighbour Sandridge Barton Wines Limited. That’s the legal nicety but you’ll hardly notice any difference. Our vineyard, winery, retail and back-office team will have joined them and the range of Sharpham wines available on the website will still be winning as many awards. In fact, some of these awards have been for wines that we have made from grapes grown on the Sandridge Barton vineyards just down river on the other side of the River Dart.
Duncan Schwab, who has long been our head winemaker, is now CEO of Sandridge Barton Wines Ltd. I know it sounds posh, but he’ll still be in the winery in his wellies come harvest time.
I’m guessing that you’d still like to know about what the team gets up to at Sharpham (and now at Sandridge Barton as well), to get first dibs of our new wines as they are released, and to be reminded of what a very beautiful area the Dart Valley is. In which case, sit tight and you’ll hear from the team without me in due course.
Thank you for helping me enjoy a wonderful career in the very special English winemaking world. I’ve loved almost every moment.
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Sandridge Barton Wines Ltd is a company registered in England & Wales No 11938282. Registered office: Sandridge Barton, Waddeton Road, Stoke Gabriel, Devon, United Kingdom, TQ9 6RL. Sharpham cheeses are hand-produced by Sharpham Partnership Limited