Created by Susan & James.
Two people trying to make wine on a hillside in Wales.
It all began in the 1910s when James’ great-grandfather bought a sheep farm in his homeland of the mid-Wales borders. We were living and working in London - James as a scientist and Susan at a sustainable food & drink startup - when James had a wild idea of planting vines on the family farm. Together with friends we planted our first half acre in 2017, then later escaped the city and moved to Wales to tend to our low-intervention vineyard.
Fuelled by a joint love of good food and drink and of doing as many things as possible ourselves, we hope to bring together a progressive approach to winemaking and a warm hug of hospitality with our boutique holiday cottage in the breathtakingly beautiful setting of James’ rural home.
In 2020 we threw ourselves into renovating Highbrook Cottage and harvested our first grapes. James' thirst for making everything from scratch and beyond-carpentry skills combined with Susan’s passion for colourful, characterful interiors and food provenance is what makes Whinyard Rocks.