Spotlight on Saffron Grange

Saffron Grange is the vision of vineyard owner, Paul Edwards, who has dedicated almost a decade to perfecting his landscape to produce high-quality grapes that are destined for premium English sparkling wine.

Paul’s passion for the land shines when he proudly talks about the history, soil, design and environmental impact of Saffron Grange vineyard.

The Wines

Saffron Grange Seyval Blanc

With the current trend of Champagne-style sparklers dominating the English sparkling wine landscape, it is very exciting when a producer chooses to do something different!

This 100% Seyval Blanc is adored here at ERW HQ. Seyval Blanc is originally a French grape that has some popularity here in England due to its preference for a cooler climate.

This beautiful wine has notes of toast and floral honeysuckle on the nose, a lemony fresh palate, and a crisp mineral finish. 

It makes for a really lovely aperitif, and goes particularly well with seafood dishes and fresh oysters.

Saffron Grange Classic Cuvée

All you Champagne-lovers are catered for as well with this gorgeous Classic Cuvée.

Pale gold in colour with fine bubbles, this wine has enticing toasty notes on the nose.

Perfectly balanced on the palate with notes of strawberries and cream, a hint of brioche and a long, refined finish.

Pairs beautifully with smoked salmon, oysters and scallops but also shines as an aperitif.

Saffron Grange Sparkling Rosé

This is a dreamy champagne alternative and possibly one-of-a-kind, this wine is a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Seyval Blanc.

A delicate, salmon pink colour with vibrant red fruits on the nose.

The palate is abundant with ripe, red berry flavours married with a crisp, refreshing acidity and a long, rounded finish.

An excellent celebration sparkler, this is one to pop this party season!

The People

“Wine is the only artwork you can drink” – Luis Fernando Olaverri

It comes as no surprise to read this quotation on the Saffron Grange website, as it is a true reflection of their attitude towards English winemaking from soil to glass.

Saffron Grange is the vision of vineyard owner, Paul Edwards, who has dedicated almost a decade to perfecting his landscape to produce high-quality grapes that are destined for premium English sparkling wine.

Paul’s passion for the land shines when he proudly talks about the history, soil, design and environmental impact of Saffron Grange vineyard.

This is a vineyard with heart, and we feel very lucky to be able to share the outstanding product of their undeniable love of the land with our customers here at Elizabeth Rose – Buy English Sparkling Wine.

The Soil

100 million years ago, the land Saffron Grange is planted on, was deeply submerged by tropical seawater teaming with macroscopic, calcareous algae and shellfish from which decaying fragments very slowly deposited to create a deep, porous chalk bed. 

This is the same chalk seam that runs all the way from Northern France’s renowned wine regions, up through Sussex and into Essex.

Today, this chalk base is overlaid with clay-loam soil and, combined with their unique climate and gentle, south-facing slopes, creates the perfect conditions for grape growing.

Brut the woolly mammoth

Saffron Grange’s brand is characterised by ‘Brut’ the woolly mammoth.

The mammoth was chosen as the face of the brand as both tusks and teeth of woolly mammoths have been unearthed in the River Slade which runs along the bottom of the site.

It is a real source of wonder that these iconic giants once roamed the very land upon which Saffron Grange planted their vines.

Nature and the environment

Saffron Grange operate a minimal-intervention vineyard, encouraging predatory insects such as earwigs, ladybirds, hoverflies and wasps, which help to naturally control aphids which can impact vine growth.

The vineyard is lucky to benefit from a fairly dry climate which puts the vines at lower risk of major fungal diseases such as mildew and botrytis, and the well-draining chalk soil prevents vine root diseases that can be caused by standing water.

These vineyard features mean that Saffron Grange has less need for spraying, and they use natural bacterial sprays wherever possible. 

Saffron Grange work hard to promote nature and wildlife on site, allowing wild flowers to thrive and encouraging endemic flora and insects to thrive.

They have also planted over 3,000 trees to date, with plans to plant at least 500 more.

These trees replenish natural hedgerows which also shelter the vines from the wind.

Visiting

Saffron Grange is open for tours by appointment from July to October with an opportunity to sample and purchase the limited-edition sparkling wines on site and enjoy the beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

We cannot recommend a visit enough.

We are in absolute awe of this vineyard and all the wonderful people whose decade-long commitment to the land has created a real masterpiece that is easily accessible from Herts, Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

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