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It is not altogether surprising to learn that it was the Romans, with their love of the fine things in life, who introduced vine growing and wine making to Britain. Unfortunately these skills were mostly lost during the reign of Henry VIII and it was not until 1946 that the scientist Ray Barrington Brock introduced varieties of wine grapes suitable for our cooler climate, so enabling English viticulture to flourish again. 

Thanks largely to his original research vineyards like ourselves are able to produce an impressive selection of high quality wines. There are now over 500 vineyards in the UK.


Rosemary vineyard was planted in 1986 and covers 30 acres at almost 60 feet above sea level. With its mostly south facing aspect the vineyard is ideally placed to benefit from the mild island climate. The valley situation helps retain summer warmth and offers shelter from the south-westerly winds. The gentle vineyard slopes allow excellent frost drainage in the spring to protect the newly budded vines whilst the soil, a clay-silt loam overlying greensand, is not only free-draining but also retains sufficient moisture for healthy growth.

Our History

In 2014 on the back of the success of Rosemary's Vineyard, founder Conrad Gauntlett teamed up with his lifelong friend brewer Xavier Baker of Goddards Ales to bring about and license the first and only distillery on the Isle of Wight. By combining a wealth of experience in brewing and wine-making with locally sourced ingredients they have created a range of premium spirits that express the beauty and character of the Island they love. The Isle of Wight Distillery was born and with it came their already award winning signature Mermaid Gin. 


The success of Mermaid Gin has grown so quickly that the Distillery has now found it's own home at the Wishing Well near Seaview.  The new Mermaid Bar at the Wishing Well serves all our Gins and soon Whiskey, including teas and coffees if that is your preference. Enjoy the Distillery themed bar with custom made viewing glass and read and observe the process of how we make the gins as you enjoy more stunning views towards the sea.  For more information on the Distillery please visit: 

More than just Wine !

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