History of Chevelswarde Organic Growers

The name Chevelswarde is of Anglo-Saxon origin for the Homestead of Cyfel’s people, after the tribe settled there cultivating the land for their families to live amongst wild boar, elk and wolves. The village later became known as South Kilworth and was recorded as such in the Domesday Book.

The land itself was taken over by Ruth and John Daltry, in the early 1970’s and we turned it into an organic vineyard. In 1975 we were among the first ten UK farmers to get Soil Association organic certification and the first English vineyard to do so.

Having previously sent our harvest to Sussex to have it processed, in 2003 we started to produce our very own wines. We replanted some of the vineyard that very same year to introduce new grape varieties and expand our selection of wines.

Throughout our successful history we have been fortunate enough to receive numerous awards. The Soil Association’s Organic Farming magazine named us ‘Organic Food Heroes’ and the Organic Growers Association endowed us with an award for ‘always being there and lighting the way for others.’ Most recently we have been presented with a plaque from the Soil Association’s president and Gardeners World presenter Monty Don for our 40 year dedication to growing organic produce.