Ben’s interest in wine began as a desire to learn more about the wines of the world but it quickly became an obsession and then a lifelong passion. This led him to quit his job in IT and find out how to become a winemaker.
After graduating from college in 2012 with a first class degree and achieving awards for ‘Best research project’ and ‘Top winemaking student’, Ben moved to Beaujolais, France, where he had secured his first winemaking post. Here, he learnt how to ‘throw out the rule book’ and experienced a more intuitive and creative side to winemaking. After two years it was time to return home and begin a new life making wine in England.
Since then Flint Vineyard has flourished. There are now over 26,000 vines covering 6 hectares and a state-of-the-art winery allows wine production at the highest level. Flint has gained a solid reputation for producing some of the best premium English still wines. It has also innovated with methods in the winery and products such as the Charmat Rosé, the first sparkling wine to be made using the Charmat method, most commonly used in Prosecco.