About us

Our Story

Moulded by the glaciers of the Triassic Age, the land upon which the Hencote vineyard sits is rich with history. The discovery of Roman remains nearby suggests it was settled as long ago as the 2nd century. In the time since, the land has performed a number of functions: it has supported orchards, pasture and arable land, as well as a farmhouse. In 2015, when we planted 18,000 vines, it began life as a vineyard. Whilst its function has evolved over the years, the landscape has remained essentially unchanged.

The FAMILY

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Andy & Dora Stevens

Andy and Dora are the owners of Hencote. They have travelled and lived around the world in diverse places such as Hong Kong, Uganda and Qatar, before settling at Hencote in 1997. Andy and Dora have lovingly redeveloped the land into the estate today- look out during your stay at the Grange for Hencote fresh produce and conserves, all produced by Dora from Hencote’s fruit and vegetable garden.

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Mark Stevens

Mark is the General Manager of the Hencote Estate and Vineyard. He studied at University of Warwick and after a brief foray into law, his passion for viticulture took over. He leads all Vineyard tours and Wine Tasting events, and studies part-time at Plumpton Wine College in East Sussex.

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Vivienne Stevens

Vivienne manages the Hencote Events and Social Media. She oversees all events, including our Summer Wine Parties and Weddings. If you are planning a special occasion, Vivienne will have lots of ideas to make your day unique.

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Charles & Suzanne Stevens

Charles is a chartered accountant at PwC and studied a Masters in Banking & International Finance at CASS Business School, City University London. Suzanne is a florist at McQueens Flowers in London and trained at Covent Garden Academy of Flowers and McQueens Flower School.

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Our Dogs

From left to right: Suri, Rufus, Mia, Bobbie, Lola and Ched.

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Our Miniature Donkeys

Winston and Archie are recent additions at Hencote and love ear scratches, being brushed and being fed.

The Team

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Harry Rowlands

Harry is a Shrewsbury local who has lived his whole life within a stone’s throw of the Hencote Estate. In his youth he played football for the football academies of Shrewsbury Town FC and Stoke City FC and is a semi-pro mixed martial artist.