Stanlake Park Wine Estate
Vineyard and winery
The vineyard has some 30,000 vines on 25 acres (100,000 m2) and around a dozen different varieties of wine are made, as well as two liqueurs. The winery also makes wine for many other English vineyards and during a high yield year, the estate processes between 150 and 200 tons of grapes. It was originally known as Thames Valley Vineyards and was first planted in 1979, by Jon. S.E Leighton, a later life Viticulturist, educated externally by Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW. Australia.
Stanlake Park has a 16th-century Elizabethan country house at the centre of the estate. It is the manor house of Hinton Pipard. It was built by the Aldworth family, who lived there before becoming Barons Braybrooke and moving to Billingbear House. They fought for Charles I during the English Civil War and, in 1646, Richard Aldworth founded Reading Blue Coat School.
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