This is our story
Our ‘Family Robinson’ moved to Crossways Farm, North Creake in October 1989. Laura, Jack and Samantha were young children and enjoyed living by the coast with their parents. Producing traditional Norfolk crops of cereals, sugar beet and grazing sheep was the order of the day for many years.
Jack has been farming since leaving college and lives on the farm with his wife Natalie and their children, Archie and Ava.
Laura worked in Forensic Science for several years before meeting her partner Steve. Together they worked in Norway and Austria - chef Steve worked for high quality restaurants and outside catering companies. They returned to Norfolk in September 2013 to start a life with their new family and the arrival of twins, Molly and Max.
Laura and Steve also run Burn Valley Catering, an outside catering business – please see their website for details: www.burnvalleycatering.co.uk
Samantha has a passion for language and spent five years teaching English in Vietnam and Sardinia. She now lives locally with her husband Tugrul and their daughter, Maya.
In 2015, John decided to venture into the unknown and suggest the idea of the family Vineyard. The green light was given and research began in earnest. Laura passed an intensive vine-growing course at Plumpton College – the UK wine research centre. Laura and Samantha have both passed WSET (Wine and Spirits Education Trust) Levels 1 & 2 and Laura has just completed WSET Level 3.
Also part of our team is Chris Hatto.
Chris is an experienced viticulturist and wine maker who has worked inMalta, Germany and the UK. His interest in wine started in Malta where he worked in the hospitality and drinks business. In Germany he worked in the vineyards of Rudesheim and the cellars of Wiengut Endlich and Wiengut Fritz Allendorf. Chris returned to the UK and took a course at Plumpton College. Since then he has been providing hands-on management at a number of East Anglian vineyards as well as being involved in making award-winning wines.
Another member of our team is Matt Abbey. Matt has been working in the wine industry for over 15 years, he first got into wine in the UK working wine retail with Adnams where he also studied WSET level 2 & 3 before moving to New Zealand where he spent over 10 years working in Marlborough, Central Otago & Hawkes Bay from winemaking, viticulture, Sales & Marketing to labelling and bottling and even wine tours/tourism.
Matt currently splits his time between Burn Valley Vineyard and working vintage/harvest in New Zealand and he’s excited for the future of the UK wine industry.
The Site and Soil
Burn Valley Vineyard is south facing, and we are situated four miles from the North Norfolk coast - an area of outstanding natural beauty. The soil is free draining and flinty with a chalk base. We keep the vineyard grass-free and utilise the natural stony ground to aid ripening of the grapes. The stones retain the heat from the day and provide extra warmth for the vines during the chilly nights.
c. Burn Valley Vineyard 2019