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Meet the Producer - Tillingham Wines Ben Walgate

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Meet the Producer - Tillingham Wines Ben Walgate

  • Urchin Wines 235 Northdown Road Margate, England, CT9 2PJ United Kingdom (map)


We will be joined by Ben Walgate from Sussex vineyard Tillingham, near Rye. Ben will be pouring samples of his latest releases, hot off the press ....

Starvecrow Pét Nat Cider 75cl

Starvecrow Qvevri Cider 75cl

Starvecrow Bourbon 75cl


Tillingham Pét Rosé 2017 75cl

Tillingham Ortega 2017 75cl

Tillingham Qvevri Artego 2017 75cl

Tillingham Chardonnay 2017 75cl

The winery is situated in Peasmarsh, East Sussex, at the house where Ben has just moved to. A wild vine was discovered on the land and last year it produced a surprisingly big crop of, as yet unidentified, red grapes.

"Its unruly fruitfulness seems somehow symbolic of the wine adventure that Ben is embarking on, a mixture of detailed planning and last-minute improvisation." Les Cave De Pyrene

Ben is currently in the process of planting a vineyard on the land, predominantly south-facing. Grapes include Ortega, Siegerebe, Bacchus, Gamay, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It will be 2020 before these vines will produce usable fruit, so until then, Ben will be sourcing grapes from other local vineyards.

Qvevri (large Georgian egg shaped clay pots) are used in the production of the wine, buried underground and surrounded by shingle sourced from Dungeness. 

Come meet Ben and learn more about his exciting new project whilst enjoying sampling his current release of wines.



Urchin Wines, 235 Northdown road, Margate, CT9 2PJ



2-4PM Saturday 7th July