Our Vineyard, the most established in Herefordshire, is over forty years old having been planted in 1971 by Mark’s father, Keith James, who had learned his love of viticulture during the war in the 1940’s. Keith had been taken prisoner but managed to escape and work his way down the Italian countryside to meet the allied forces in Southern Italy. Owing to his natural olive skin tan, he passed as a native and found work on Italian vineyards. Finally when he joined up with his fellow soldiers, Keith then resumed his part in the war during the Normandy landings before eventually entering Germany; his tale is truly inspirational. Following the wars conclusion Keith always harboured the dream of growing his own vines and it was at Broadfield, with her many south-facing slopes, that he chose to do this
As our Viticulturist, Johnny has the task of watching over our vines and ensuring that we maintain the high quality wine we have produced since Keith James started our journey in 1971. In that time he has increased the stock of vines in our experimental polytunnel, created our ‘Adopt a Vine Scheme’, and designed new signs and information for the vines, all whilst staying on top of the day-to-day maintenance that each individual vine requires.
Here at Broadfield Court we are fortunate to boast not only 10 acres of vineyard but also wonderfully diverse, vibrant and traditional grounds. Right in the centre of it all is our kitchen garden, which supplies the Court Café with fresh fruit and vegetables on a daily basis in keeping with the atmosphere that Alex set out to create. In addition we have a recently replanted David Austin Rose Garden, which should be in full bloom in the summer of 2015 and a further 4 acres of heavenly English horticulture. If it is a game of hide and seek that you are looking for or a chance to relax over a delicious home cooked meal or some peace to listen to nothing but birds sing, then we are the place for you. When the sun shines here it really is a taste of true English countryside.
Outside at Broadfield, we have been undergoing a facelift and looking at new ways to improve our gardens. We have focused on producing the tastiest goodies possible in our kitchen garden and has done so by removing old vines and fruit cages whilst replacing them with new plots and a more varied fruit cage. Furthermore we have replenished our Apple Orchard and created new herbaceous boarders fusing together both the old and new.
As a team we are keen to keep up with the history of Broadfield by sowing, growing and harvesting all different types of traditional vegetables for our café. We have implemented a planting scheme for the creation of our new seasonal menus and grow all our plants from seeds, which begin their lives in our green house. Old woodland footpaths have been cleared and given a breath of fresh air all with the aim of creating more open space for plants and wildlife to thrive.
In the future we hope to open an Edible Flower Garden, build a new woodland walk with distinctive and local sculptures and create an over all cottage front and heritage garden for all to enjoy.
Overall, Broadfield is wrapped in over a thousand years of history and it is with our great team of staff that we are able to show this spectacular story off. Come and learn about us or simply revel in our fantastic story by meeting our team or just relaxing in a place seeping with tales, laughter and wine.
The Cafe is closing on 30th April and the Gardens and Vineyard will only be open for special events, private parties and group bookings. If you wish to find out more about visiting our gardens and vineyards then call us on 01568 797483.