Coombe Farm located on
The Calancombe Estate
Our story began in 2012 when Caroline and Lance Whitehead bought The Calancombe Estate in South Devon, located between Dartmoor and the coast and with origins that can be traced back to the 16th century. Blessed with a unique microclimate, south-facing slopes and free-draining soil, the Estate is ideally suited for wine production.
After over a year of research and development at The Dartmouth Distillery Co, 2018 saw us launch our first product, Dartmouth English Gin, astonishing the gin world by winning 'Classic Gin of the year', alongside a plethora of other medals. At the end of 2019, we subsequently launched Dartmouth Navy Strength Gin mirroring the smooth characteristics of our flagship product. Moreover, in 2020 we will open our gin school and visitors centre, opening our award-winning distillery to the public.
Planting of the first parcel of vines commenced in 2013, with 21,500 vines across 23 acres making the Estate the largest in South Devon producing its own wines. Our aim is to produce the finest quality wines from grapes grown exclusively on our Estate and produced in our purpose built winery on site. The first grapes were harvested in 2017, with our first wines released in Summer/Autumn 2019.