2019 Tillingham Qvevri Orange

East Sussex, England

Salty skin-contact orange wine from the south coast of England, like a day trip to the vinous seaside.


Thirst-quenching and tonic like in its way. Unique style, crystalline, brilliant feel.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

Bracing and bitter but not at all twisted, this is a superb orange wine from Tillingham Estate, the burgeoning bad boys of the English wine scene.

Four varieties, some whole bunch ferments, all wild yeast, varied skin contact times according to the grapes, and bottled with just a whiff of sulphur.

The result is a cracking, fascinating wine that is super-salty, soaringly-aromatic, grippingly bitter, and highly recommended for orange/ amber lovers. Cos it's English, innit.

About Tillingham

Tillingham is at the cutting edge of the growing English wine industry, which was always the goal of founder Ben Walgate.

Located a few miles back from the English Channel, near the port town of Rye, Ben only planted vines in 2017 - he now has 20 different varieties over 70 acres, some of which are vines but much of which is given over to livestock or fruit orchards.

Low to no sulphur, biodynamic farming, skin-contact winemaking and aging in clay amphora - this ticks all the lo-fi hipster boxes, and yet we're in deepest conservative, rural England!

Tillingham vineyard and winery
Tillingham vineyard and winery
East Sussex, England
Additional Info

From The Producer

Pale golden orange colour, slightly hazy. Citrus peel, stone fruit and salinity on the nose lead onto a zesty, vibrant palate, with layers of texture and a persistent finish.

Each of the four varieties were crushed and destemmed (apart from the MA, which was not destemmed), the amount of skins varied from 100% in the Ortega and MA, down to 30% in the Muller and Bacchus. The time on skins varied anywhere from a month to four months, before pumping out the wine and pressing the skins.

The wines then went into a mixture of old oak barrels and foudre for a further 4 months. Shortly before bottling the wine was blended in a stainless-steel tank, before bottling by gravity with a small sulphur addition.

Blend : Bacchus, Ortega, Madeline Angevine, Muller Thurgau
ABV : 9
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2024
Bottle Size : 750ml

Tilllingham founder Ben Walgate
Tilllingham founder Ben Walgate
East Sussex, England
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Bachus, ortega, madeline angevine, muller thurgau, but in equal parts here. Varied amounts of skin contact to produce an orange wine Fragrant thing, this. Grapefruit juice, chicken stock, sea spray, salt n vinegar chips. Saline to taste, a bit of salt n vinegar chips here too, super pleasing, clean, bright and very long and tight with incredibly fresh finish. Thirst-quenching and tonic like in its way. Unique style, crystalline, brilliant feel." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)


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