A Historic Vineyard

For over 20 years, Charles and Petronella Humphreys have been selling award winning wines made from their Hazel End Estate which lies just a mile north of Bishop’s Stortford. 

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4 acres under vine

73 m above sea level and the vines are planted in rows 2.44 m apart with 1.22m between the vines. They are all trained on the Double Guyot system.

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Sparking Wines

The first sparkling wine, made from the 2001 vintage under our Three Squirrels label.

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Still Wines

Hazel End have enjoyed a growing reputation reflected in the award of a gold medal at the national Wine of the Year competition in June 2011

Our wines are Delicious

The main vineyard was planted over a three year period from 1990 to 1993 and so the vines are now around 25 years old. Vines can live for much longer than that, of course, but at 25 years they are approaching their maximum yields and are showing the character and subtleties of the terroir

Wine Making

The main vineyard was planted over a three year period from 1990 to 1993 and so the vines are now around 25 years old. Vines can live for much longer than that, of course, but at 25 years they are approaching their maximum yields and are showing the character and subtleties of the terroir

All the wines are made exclusively from white grapes grown at Hazel End on vines planted in 1990 – 1993 or on Bacchus vines planted in 2009. The Hazel End 2007 was made at Chapeldown but all subsequent wines have been made by Rob Capp at Shawsgate with the second fermentation – for the sparkling Three Squirrels – overseen by Dermot Sugrue at Wiston.

Our Gallery

A selection of images from our beautiful vineyard.

Our Story

It was the hot summer of 1976 that induced Charles and Petronella Humphreys to plant vines on a particularly dry slope on their farm. It took nearly twenty years and two changes of site before the first commercial crop was harvested in 1996 but, since then, the wines from Hazel End have enjoyed a growing reputation reflected in the award of a gold medal at the national Wine of the Year competition in June 2011.

The grapes planted at Hazel End are all white and, until 2001, the wines made from them were all still wines. The first sparkling wine, made from the 2001 vintage, was available in 2003. The still wines have always been sold under the “Hazel End” label but “Three Squirrels” was chosen for the sparkling, inspired by the sign that has hung outside Gosling’s Bank (now Barclays) at 19 Fleet Street since the 17th century where Samuel Pepys once enjoyed “a pint of wine”. Hazel End has been Gosling territory for over two centuries.

Three Squirrels Label

There is no winery at Hazel End. The grapes are taken immediately to a professional winery which makes the wine, bottles it and then ships it back to Hazel End for sale. All the wines up to and including the 2008 harvest, were made at Chapel Down, the well known winery near Tenterden in Kent. Subsequent wines have been made by Rob Capp, winemaker at Shawsgate near Framlingham who struck gold with the very first wine he made for us. Shawsgate is not equipped to do the second fermentation to make sparkling wine by the traditional method, so recent vintages have been finished by Wiston’s Dermot Sugrue, formerly winemaker at Nyetimber. Dermot won the winemaker’s Decanter Gold Medal in 2014 and Wiston’s wines have gone on to triumph in many competitions, even launching the UK’s largest passenger vessel, the Britannia.

The main vineyard was planted over a three year period from 1990 to 1993 and so the vines are now around 25 years old. Vines can live for much longer than that, of course, but at 25 years they are approaching their maximum yields and are showing the character and subtleties of the terroir. Four varieties were planted – Muller Thurgau, Huxelrebe, Reichensteiner and Bacchus. The 1993 Bacchus was unsuccessful but we replanted the variety in 2009 on the original Hudshill site which is now producing enough grapes to make a single variety still wine.

For the technically minded, the area under vines is now about 4 acres. It is around 73 m above sea level and the vines are planted in rows 2.44 m apart with 1.22m between the vines. They are all trained on the Double Guyot system.

Our Team And More About Us

The beautiful hamlet of Hazel End lies just a mile north of Bishop’s Stortford, on the road to Manuden. As you pass the Three Horseshoes pub on your left, with the cricket ground and then thatched cottages to the right, there is a turning left to Farnham. The farmhouse is on the corner, facing the pond. The main vineyard is just behind the farm buildings.

For over 20 years, Charles and Petronella Humphreys have been selling wines made from Hazel End grapes. They have no winery and the wines have been bottled for them by expert winemakers with state-of-the-art equipment, first at Chapel Down and, since 2009, by Rob Capp at Shawsgate.

All the wines are white, some still and some sparkling. Since the 2008 vintage, the second fermentation for the sparkling has been entrusted to Dermot Sugrue at Wiston Estate. In 2011, for the first time, one of the still wines was entered for the UK Vineyards Association annual Wine of the Year Competition and won a gold medal – out of 274 entries, only 20 were awarded gold.

Wines can be purchased from the farmhouse door at Hazel End. Charles Humphreys will always be delighted to see you if he is in but do give him a ring before coming (see Contact Details) to make sure he is going to be there. You will also find the wines in restaurants and pubs around Bishop’s Stortford and Cambridge.

Charles Humphreys

Charles Humphreys

For sales enquiries please contact Janine at hazelendwine@gmail.com

Visit Us

Weekdays

08PM -12AM

Weekends

12 PM – 02 AM

Hazel End is on the road from Bishop’s Stortford to Manuden. From the centre of Bishop’s Stortford, take Rye Street (B1004) north to the junction with Hazel End Road passing The Mountbatten Indian restaurant, formerly The Red White & Blue pub, on your right. Hazel End Road is suffering some delays whilst a new roundabout in constructed. From the A120, follow the map below to reach the same junction

After a quarter of a mile the road forks right to Stansted; take the left to Manuden and in 300 yards you will see the Three Horseshoes pub on your left. Immediately after the pub, take the left turn to Farnham. Follow the flint wall round the corner and the very first entrance brings you into the yard of the Farmhouse. Just ring the back doorbell.

Contact

Phone

Telephone No: 01279 812377

Mobile No: 07768 264766

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Address

Hazel End Farm
Bishop’s Stortford
Herts
CM23 1HG