Sustainability

Our bottle labels feature some of the wildlife seen around the vineyard and winery and represent our sympathetic approach to our environment. We are firmly committed to ‘best practices’ in vineyard management and winery processes.

These include:
  • 100% green energy use in our winery, in part supplied by our own array of 159 solar panels
  • Extensive insulation of our winery and bottle store to minimize energy consumption for cooling and heating
  • Year-round maintenance of grass cover in alleys and headlands to reduce soil erosion and compaction
  • Use of sheep over winter in the vineyard to control ground cover and provide manure (we adopted four orphan lambs who help with this!)
  • Under vine cultivation to reduce use of herbicides
  • Application of green compost to improve soil structure and fertility
  • Extensive soil nutrient mapping and band application equipment ensure we only add chemical nutrients exactly when and where required.
The part of our 100-acre estate that is not under vine is grassland, with approximately 25 acres and all hedgerows managed under the Natural England Environmental Stewardship Scheme. This ensures zero chemical input and measures to encourage wild flower growth and the establishment of wildlife habitats.

South Downs Society
Albourne Estate is a proud patron of The South Downs Society.

Sustainability

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