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Sussex Wineries Weekend Success
Sussex Wineries Weekend Success

Thanks to all of you who visited us over last weekend for the inaugural Sussex Wineries Weekend Opening to celebrate Sussex Day and all the fabulous vineyards and wineries we have in Sussex.   Feedback from people attending the...

2017 Still Wines Released
2017 Still Wines Released

This week we release our 2017 still wines and we are very pleased with them

Vermouth Launched!
Vermouth Launched!

So excited to announce the launch of our Vermouth – hand-crafted from our own matured base wines and a carefully selected blend of 40 herbs, spices and citrus peels – our pale, semi-dry vermouth is delicious drunk either on its own...

Launch of Sussex Wineries group
Launch of Sussex Wineries group

Top Sussex Wine Producers have teamed together to form ‘Sussex Wineries’ with the aim of promoting regional Sussex Wine tourism. Launched at the Brighton seaside restaurant Murmur on Monday evening, industry, press, trade and peers gathered...

Christmas Cellar Door 2017
Christmas Cellar Door 2017

We are opening our doors for drop-in sales on Saturday 16th December between 11am and 5pm. There will be free wine tastings, mince pies and nibbles….plus an opportunity to meet the winemaker, talk through food matching options, and enjoy...

Harvest 2017 complete!
Harvest 2017 complete!

Short and sweet … harvest 2017 was never going to be a big one as our vines, like many others in the UK and Europe, were hit by frost during late April….its painful for us, as I know already I’ll not have sufficient still wines...

2016 Bacchus now back in stock
2016 Bacchus now back in stock

In celebration of English Wine Week we have released our 2016 Bacchus and White Pinot Noir. Our hugely popular Bacchus continues to exhibit its hallmark pronounced aromas together with a super refreshing and zesty palate.  With less stock...

Sparkling wine launched
Sparkling wine launched

We’re delighted to have received much interest and praise for our recently released Blanc de Blancs 2013.    Seven long years of waiting since planting our vines and I think its been worth it!   Reviews from both sommeliers and the public...

Vines devastated by late frost
Vines devastated by late frost

Albourne Estate’s vines have been hit by the late spring frosts. Freezing winds blowing through the vineyard froze everything in its path. The warm start to the year meant the buds were early and quite well-developed when it struck...

2016 Harvest finished…
2016 Harvest finished…

The grapes are all picked and the juice is fermenting in our vats….soon the very first tank samples of our 2016 wines will be tasted.   The photo below shows our Bacchus grapes on their way from vineyard to winery – luckily for our...

2015 wines now on sale

In celebration of English Wine Week we have released our range of 2015 still wines – including a Cellar Selection blend of barrel-fermented Ortega and Chardonnay which was not produced in 2014. Our hugely popular Bacchus continues to...

Sleepless nights…..

As feared, I’ve been up at 2am for two days so far this week……as the recent cold blast hitting the UK has brought frosty nights threatening severe damage to the young emerging buds and shoots on the vines. As I watch the temperatures plummet...

Frost & Fear!

From rain we’ve moved onto cold and the coming week looks like a very worrying one for all English vineyards with the threat of frosts looming.  With the buds now out on the vines they are vulnerable to frost damage which can destroy an...

Rain & Riddling….

Exciting news this week as we start riddling our first ever sparkling wine samples for dosage trails. This strange looking cage in the photo below is currently holding just one layer of bottles but when full will hold 500 bottles and over a...

Cellar Door Christmas Opening

We are open in the run up to Christmas selling our full range of wines including our very limited edition sweet wine, the Late Harvest Ortega 2014 (only available direct from us), the recently released Cellar Selection 2013 and our ever popular...

Harvest 2015 Update

Harvest is over and I can breathe a sigh of relief. Now the English weather can throw what it likes at us and I won’t worry for a few months! In the end the grape quality of the 2015 vintage was much better than I had dared hope for given the...

Harvest 2015 nearly here!

Preparations are now underway for harvest. After a cool and damp August and an unsettled start to September the grapes are ripening – but slowly – so we will be later starting this year than in 2014. I am hoping that we will be picking our...

Bacchus 2014 awarded UK Wine of the Year 2015

In addition to the two category trophies and gold medal already won by our Bacchus 2014 in the English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition 2015 we were delighted when it was awarded the overall winner trophy at the Awards Ceremony lunch at...

Bacchus 2014 awarded two Trophies

Our Bacchus 2014 has been awarded 2 out of the 13 Trophies at this years English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition in addition to a Gold Medal.  It received the Trophy for The most outstanding large production wine of 2014 vintage and The...

Brighton & Hove Food Festival May 2015

Come and join us for several special events we are involved with at The Brighton & Hove Food Festival next weekend.  On Friday night we are showcasing our 2014 Bacchus at a special English Wine and Food Matching Event .  If you ever wonder...

May at Albourne Estate

In many ways this is the most beautiful time of year in the vineyard. So far we appear to have dodged any frosts without having to light the ‘bougies’ (hurray!) and the young shoots are growing fast. This photo of the Chardonnay vines...

Life on an English Vineyard…March 2015

My monthly ramblings on life in an English vineyard continue in Sussex Life – March 2015. March is a lovely month as it now really feels like spring is on its way. With the days lengthening and getting warmer the vines are showing the first...

Read my new monthly column in Sussex Life – Jan. 2015

Every month I will be writing a column for Sussex Life talking about what is going on in the Vineyard and Winery.  Please click on this link for the January column: http://bit.ly/1FVi8Cs    

On-line shop now open!

You can now buy our wine through our website – 9th September 2014