The Bite Magazine - Autumn/Winter 2021 - Issue 30

T he land on which House Coren vineyard in West Sussex stands was once a medieval hunting park belonging to the Manor of Ded- isham, located in the section that was known as the South Park. Its history is referenced in the Domes- day Book with a connection to Goring-by-Sea further south. It is recorded that Richard Blount, the Lord of the Manor of Dedisham, sold 220 acres of the South Park to his son-in-law, Reginald Mohun in 1623. The province was occupied by Lower Lodge Farm but other areas within Mohun’s estate were listed in 1636 as Lodge Farm, Hoggetts Farm, Pinkhurst Fields and Riddon. The estate was later sold as two separate lots, with Lodge Farm developed into the present Slinfold Lodge and the remaining land became Lower Lodge Farm. It is said that during the Napoleonic wars, French prisoners of war from the Waterloo conflict were held at Lower Lodge Farm and built the original drainage that is used by the winery today. The Coren family has lived in Lower Lodge house for the last 12 years, but it wasn’t until the end of 2019 they decided to transform the property into a vine- yard. The family business spearheaded by passionate wine aficionado William Coren and his team share a common goal in creating outstanding wine made in England that is accessible to all. As they say, “We like to break the mould and keep life interesting, and this will always be our intention.” In May 2020, the vineyard saw the planting of 30,000 vines that line the fields surrounding the family home. Currently, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir Précose grapes are grown here across eight hectares of prime undulating Sussex land. Chardonnay is cultivated West Sussex winery House Coren introduces Jada Brookes to the Charmat method through which its first sparkling wine Boco is made. WINE FOR THE BOLD & BEAUTIFUL bitedrinks House Coren Product photography:The Bite Team