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Established in 1996 by Val & Graham Thomas.

The St. Martins Vineyard and Winery is on the south facing slopes of a tenancy farm originally used to produce bulbs and cut flower by Mr. Derek Perkins, Val's Father.

The first of the vines trialled were white varieties - Reichensteiner and Madeleine Angevine.
Plantings have taken place annually in the spring; to date there are 25 field's approximately 4 acres are under vines.

The varieties that were chosen were to suit the soil types and the climate of the Isles of Scilly. These included: Orion, Seyval Blanc, and Siegerrebe. A red grape Rondo is also doing well. The double guyot system of training is being used and extra windbreak's have been erected to supplement existing fences of Pittisporum and Euonymous.

In 1996 we had a well drilled on the farm to supply us with the required water for the winery.
In 1999 the birds enjoyed the very first crop of grapes which demonstrated the need for all the vines to be netted in order to protect all future harvests.

The first vintage in 2000 yielded just 120 bottles! For the first three years the grapes were picked, packed and loaded onto the Scillonian III and transported to Penboa Vineyard, where the wine was made and bottled by Loyd and Janet Jones.

In 2003 the Thomas's converted a stone barn into a winery so that now the wine is made and bottled by then St. Martins Vineyard in the Isles of Scilly.

In the same year they opened a small farm shop from where people may take part in conducted tours and sample the wine.

Anyone who has visited the Islands before will know that St Martin's is a short boat journey from the main island of St Mary's, from which boats run daily in the summer months.

For more information about the Isles of Scilly and how to get here visit visitislesofscilly.com  and  stmartinsscilly.co.uk

Tours & Tastings


We are open for tours and tastings thought the summer
on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

1030am till 4pm

Conducted tours at 11am

Self guided tours throughout the day

We can also open by prior arrangement.

How to find us
Take the road from the Higher Town Quay and turn right at the tennis court. Cross the Green and follow the track for 200 meters - we are on the corner, just beyond the junction to Little Arther Farm.

holidays

AVAILABILITY -  2019
 Cottage after 28th September
Chalet after 18th October

We have a traditional Granite Cottage and a Cedarwood Chalet for self-catering holidays

Both sleep 4 in twin and double bed rooms. The cottage provides more spacious accommodation. 

Both enjoy the use of large secluded gardens.

We have tried to balance a cosy cottage style ambience, as in the lounge, with a modern practical approach, as in the large kitchen/diner - which we hope will suit the discerning visitor.

Comfort, cleanliness and a warm welcome are our top priorities.

The cottage and the chalet have stunning views to the South overlooking Highertown Bay to the uninhabited Eastern Isles, and are just 2 minutes from the nearest beaches.

Both properties have been recently refurbished and the cottage has a 4 star rating.

For enquires about availability contact Val via email valandgraham@hotmail.co.uk

Please click here to download our access statement for the accommodation.

Please click here for our terms and conditions of hire.

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