Welcombe Hills Vineyard was planted in 2001 by Chris and Jane Gallimore. An initial area of half an acre was planted with Pinot Noir together with Dornfelder and Bacchus. The vineyard was extended with a second planting of vines (Bacchus, Auxerrois, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir Précoce) which were harvested for the first time in 2007. There is also a third area of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Précoce, planted in 2010, which is now also in full production.
Welcombe Hills quickly established itself a great reputation at both local and national level for producing award-winning wines of high quality, a reputation which has been upheld under its manager from 2013 - 2015, Kieron Atkinson of the English Wine Project. Now being run by husband and wife team Nichola and Jonathan Kelsey this proud tradition of producing award winning wine is set to continue.
The Welcombe Hills Hollow Meadow 2009 won the Mercian Vineyards Wine of the Year award, and the wines have featured in the Houses of Parliament, the Savoy Hotel and – most recently – Waitrose.