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The English Wine Diaries: Episode 53, Lucy Hulland

The co-owner of Huxbear Vineyard on moving to Devon and the story behind the vineyard’s name

Joining me on today’s episode of The English Wine Diaries is Lucy Hulland from Huxbear Vineyard, situated in the rolling hills of the picturesque Teign Valley, just outside the ancient wool town of Chudleigh in Devon. 

Lucy and her husband, Ben, established the vineyard in 2007, planting roughly 15 acres of the three classic Champagne varieties – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier – alongside Bacchus, Siegerrebe, Schonberger and Pinot Gris. 

The couple had two aims: to produce delicious English wine and to make the winemaking process as sustainable as possible. And they have managed to achieve both – not only are their wines award-winning but the vineyard is completely off-grid with all power produced from renewable sources.

We talk about how Lucy, who is originally from the north of England, ended up settling in the South West, the story behind Huxbear’s name and the diversity of Devon’s foodie community.

To find out more about Huxbear, visit and follow @huxbear_vineyard on Instagram or @HuxbearVineyard on Facebook.

This episode of The English Wine Diaries is sponsored by Wickhams, The Great British Wine Merchant. Visit to see their award-winning range of English wine with free deliver on orders over £40. 

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