VINEYARDS & BREWERIES

The Maldon District boasts three award winning micro-breweries and a growing number of vineyards. There are many opportunities to try local real ales in various hostelries, including two micro-pubs in Maldon. Tours of the breweries are offered on application, where the beers can be sampled. Tours of the vineyards in the Maldon District can also be arranged, and throughout the year there are various events and wine sales which make for great days out.

VINEYARDS

PERFECT CLIMATE

Vineyards have existed in the Maldon District for hundreds of years due to the advantageous climate between the River Blackwater and the River Crouch. The area offers hot dry summers and mild winters which helps to produce high quality grapes with naturally high sugars. The south facing slopes of the Crouch Vale provides protection against frost and has an excellent temperate climate allowing for classic grape varieties to grow, such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. This part of the Maldon District also benefits from warm temperatures and one of the lowest rainfalls in the UK.
New Hall Vineyards, Purleigh
New Hall Vineyard is an English Wine Producer with over 65 hectares of vines and is one of the oldest and largest in the country. It was first established in 1969 by the Greenwood family, in the Essex village of Purleigh, and is now run by second and third generations. In 2013, 2015 and 2016, New Hall Vineyard was awarded the UK's Winemaker of the Year, a great national achievement. New Hall holds one of the largest collections of Wine Awards in the country.
Clayhill Vineyard was established on Grange Farm, Latchingdon in 2006, and now has a total of 15300 vines which are all planted by hand. Varieties planted at Clayhill include Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which produce sparkling wines, roses' and stills. Clayhill Vineyard has not only celebrated 10 years since its establishment, but it's also going through big changes with the conversion of the existing barn into tea rooms, a wine shop and a tasting room.
Martin's Lane Vineyard
Martin’s Lane Vineyard was established as a partnership in 2008, and specialises in the production of only the finest quality and ripest grapes to produce the very best in English wines. The first limited release of wines entered the market in early 2016 and have quickly gained a huge reputation and expert acclaim. The wines have already been selected by many top restaurants in Essex, East Anglia and the West End of London.
Crouch Ridge Vineyard
Crouch Ridge Vineyard was planted in 2012 on south-facing slopes which overlook Althorne Creek and the River Crouch. The vineyard's aim is to produce fine wines and combine it with good, local food. It also aims to be a lovely place to sit and relax with friends and family overlooking the local countryside, vineyard and river. Crouch Ridge welcomes visitors, and a number of events are hosted throughout the year including tours and tasting.

BREWERIES

Wibblers Brewery
Wibblers' became a commercial venture in the Spring of 2007 after nearly twenty years of home craft brewing experience. Initially with a 2.5bbl plant, Wibblers Brewery started in a converted barn in Mayland in the Dengie Peninsula. A year later, the addition of a 20bbl plant made it one of the biggest micro-breweries in Essex.
Mighty Oak Brewery

The Mighty Oak Brewing Co Ltd was founded in Essex in 1996 before finding a home in Maldon five years later. The brewery specialises in ale, winning numerous awards from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and exporting throughout neighbouring counties. Mighty Oak has steadily been growing year on year.

Maldon Brewing Company

The Maldon Brewing Co Ltd is an award winning brewery in Maldon, creating beautifully traditional real ales. This micro-brewery is situated in the Stable Block of the Blue Boar Hotel and has been operating for over fourteen years. You can see the full range of Maldon Brewery Company bottled real ales at the Farmers Yard, Maldon’s smallest pub.

MICRO-PUBS IN THE MALDON DISTRICT

The three breweries in the Maldon District each have their own micro-pub, where they serve their own ales, beers, ciders and lagers. These micro-pubs also offer wines and soft drinks, as well as a variety of pub snacks and homemade food. With friendly atmospheres, you can also enjoy the occasional traditional pub game and live music event at these micro-pubs.