Adrian Pike used to be in the music industry, forming Moshi Moshi Records and State 51. When the time came for a change in life, he chose winemaking. After graduating from Plumpton College he went to work at Davenport, there learning the importance, and sometimes difficulty, of organic viticulture in England. In 2016 an opportunity came up to buy Westwell Wine Estate, a south facing slope on chalk soil in the Kent Downs planted with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Ortega.
With his first year spent getting used to his new surroundings Adrian took things a little more experimental in 2017, and then further still in 2018. Opting to reduce the sprays from 4 times a year, to 2 times a year to, in 2019 only once a year in Spring he is working practically organically.
He will not be certified, as this is just too much of a risk in such a marginal climate, but wherever he can will always opt for the most sustainable option. In the winery every fermentation is attempted with its indigenous yeast, only choosing to inoculate if absolutely necessary.