Sharpham Tenants & Tenancies
The Sharpham Partnership
Situated on the banks of the River Dart near Totnes in South Devon, The Sharpham Partnership 's vineyards, creamery and dairy farm have been producing wines and unpasteurised cheeses for over 30 years to local, national and international acclaim.
By producing their own Red Tractor assured Jersey cow’s milk on the farm from its closed herd of 65 Jersey cows, about 70 tonnes of cheese a year are handmade in the purpose-built cheese dairy.
The 10-acre vineyard lies between 12m and 25m above sea-level on south-facing, well drained slopes – perfect for growing a range of carefully selected cool-climate grape varieties, from which 70,000 bottles of wine are made each year. New World and traditional winemaking techniques are used.
Both the wine and cheese is made from start to finish at Sharpham, giving a flavour that reflects its unique position in the South Hams area of Devon. In the Regional and National competitions, Sharpham Wines have won trophies every year since 1992 and also never failed to win an international award every time the wines have been entered.
At the 2010 International Wine Challenge - the world’s most prestigious and influential independent wine competition, Sharpham’s Estate Selection won the UK’s best still wine.
" Best Alfresco Restaurant 2012 , the Vineyard Café, Ashprington is an object lesson in how to deal with the vagaries of British weather, with every climatic eventuality covered. "
"Head Chef Rosie Weston produces incredible food from a very small space, making the Vineyard Café a genuine hidden gem."
"You'll have to be quick if you want to sample her food this year though – with autumn starting to get into its stride, the Vineyard Café will be closing for the winter at the end of September. "
The Good Food Guide
Robert Owen Communities
Lower Sharpham Barton Farm is leased to the Robert Owen Communities (ROC), a charity providing working opportunities for adults with learning disabilities. It is also run on biodynamic principles.
ROC aims to equip each person with the skills, knowledge and attitudes that will enable them to lead a full, purposeful and satisfying life, and to contribute to the quality of life of others.
People with a learning disability are encouraged to learn skills and confidence through engagement and challenge. ROC offers individualised programmes of learning as the basis for achieving certificated vocational skills and supporting independence.
The Trust joined with its longstanding tenant The Robert Owen Communities and partner Ambios to provide an exciting Sharpham Outdoors Project at Lower Sharpham Barton Farm. A learning and engagement centre is being developed for a wide community of learners and to provide a home for the wide range of environmental education activities that Sharpham Outdoors has become accustomed to delivering.