About us

High Cup Wines was established at Townhead Farm and Winery as a diversification from the ubiquitous sheep farming in this attractive part of Cumbria. Townhead Farm is Cumbria’s only commercial vineyard and winery and produces a range of country wines from fruit grown mainly on the farm. In good sunny years grape wines are also produced from our own vineyard. A hay barn has been converted into the winery, a project which was partly funded by DEFRA and which has enabled wines to be produced commercially since 2007. The barn conversion was undertaken by the winery operators, Ron and Angela Barker.

Situated at the foot of the Pennines in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Townhead Farm enjoys outstanding views of the Lakeland Fells across the valley of the River Eden. It is located at the foot of an impressive U-shaped valley which runs from High Cup Nick at its north-eastern end, towards the Eden Valley. It is a short distance from Dufton, Appleby and Penrith.

The farm and winery are managed by Ron and Angela Barker. For most of his life, Ron was an environmental geophysicist who until recently ran the MSc course in Applied Geophysics at the University of Birmingham. Angela taught a class of year-4 girls at Edgbaston High School Preparatory Department, Birmingham. Forsaking more than 40 years of town existence, they have moved to the Eden Valley to enjoy the peace and beauty of this magnificent environment.