Seven years ago Robert Francis, wine lover, connoisseur and – of course – Star Castle owner, embarked on a life-long dream to produce his own fine wines. With the help and guidance of the one of the world’s foremost wine producers, Willi Opitz, he planted 7,000 Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris vines across seven acres of beautiful land on the island of St Mary’s.
We are delighted to announce that the 2014 and 2015 vintages of the Silver Carn Chardonnay, Silver Carn Pinot Gris, Holy Vale Rose, Holy Vale Pinot Noir classic & Holy Vale Pinot Noir reserve from the Star Castle Holy Vale vineyard are now being served.
Over the past ten years or so, the UK has gained a reputation for producing excellent sparkling wines made up of the traditional Champagne constituent grapes of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. UK producers have been less successful at making still wines from these same grapes, mainly because the colder climate in the UK is more suited to producing Germanic Rieslings and the like. However, a combination of the micro-climate on the Isles of Scilly, Robert’s passionate commitment and perfectionism, paired with the steadfast support and advice of Willi Opitz mean that the new vineyard is now one of a handful in the UK producing fine Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs and one of, if not the only one producing Pinot Gris.