The beautiful hamlet of Hazel End lies just a mile north of Bishop's Stortford, on the road to Manuden. As you pass the Three Horseshoes pub on your left, with the cricket ground and then thatched cottages to the right, there is a turning left to Farnham. The farmhouse is on the corner, facing the pond. The main vineyard is just behind the farm buildings.
For over 20 years, Charles and Petronella Humphreys have been selling wines made from Hazel End grapes. They have no winery and the wines have been bottled for them by expert winemakers with state-of-the-art equipment, first at Chapel Down and, since 2009, by Rob Capp at Shawsgate.
All the wines are white, some still and some sparkling. Since the 2008 vintage, the second fermentation for the sparkling has been entrusted to Dermot Sugrue at Wiston Estate. In 2011, for the first time, one of the still wines was entered for the UK Vineyards Association annual Wine of the Year Competition and won a gold medal - out of 274 entries, only 20 were awarded gold.
Wines can be purchased from the farmhouse door at Hazel End. Charles Humphreys will always be delighted to see you if he is in but do give him a ring before coming (see Contact Details) to make sure he is going to be there. You will also find the wines in restaurants and pubs around Bishop's Stortford and Cambridge.