England has a long history of winemaking which dates back to Roman times.
You could say that 2017 was the year that
England came of age. The far reaching frosts that swept across
Europe in April hit England just as hard. Many producers were
exposed to the harsh realities that many of their European cousins
have understood, and been accustomed to, for many generations.
English winemaking is at an exciting point in its development,
every year growing in maturity, and in quality, as producers learn
from the land they farm and understand it better. Also benefiting
from the amassed knowledge and shared experience from around the
world, they are accelerating their prowess beyond their own
The latest addition to our English portfolio, Oxney Organic
Estate in Sussex, is a prime example of this with wine being only
part of a larger mix on the estate. Wine shares the limelight with
all aspects of organic farming and benefits accordingly. The ethos
is clear, and holistic, matched by the enthusiasm in the belief
that treating the land well will benefit all, and that it is the
most important place to start. With only three vintages under their
belt, their Classic cuvée is already a wonderful fresh, elegant
example of what English Sparkling wine can be, and we are proud to
have it join our portfolio.
Not to be out done, Albourne Estate have also launched a
delightful Blanc de Blancs this year, adding another feather to the
cap of Alison Nightingale. A stunning, taut and lithe wine
highlighting the diversity and variety that English wine now
offers, and shows that whatever the weather may bring the future
New for 2018 with minimal intervention, open press ferments is
Hidden Spring Vineyard, sited at the southern edge of the Weald as
it cascades towards the coast heading for Eastbourne.