Nestled in the Sussex South Downs, north of
Brighton, this boutique producer run by Alison Nightingale crafts
distinctive single estate wines.
Beneath these gentle rolling hills lies the same seam of soil
and rock that supports the growers of Champagne. More specifically,
the chalk that underpins the quality of the Champagne region
extends its white tendrils west below the Channel, reaching out to
the winemakers of Southern England. Putting this geological
serendipity to good use, Albourne Estate are now making crisp clean
whites (including an exquisite Pinot Noir that is vinified white)
and a delightfully elegant Blanc de Blancs. Demonstrating the
potential of this quintessentially English location, and benefiting
from our ever warmer summers, Albourne is joining the swelling
ranks of English wineries who are staking a strong claim to be seen
as a world class wine producer.
Already highly regarded, their debut white wine range produced
from the 2013 vintage has won multiple national and international
awards and the 2014 range is repeating their success.
Made only from their own grapes and all produced on site their
wines are truly reflective of each vintage and the unique
location in Sussex. Plantings are on south facing slopes of free
draining sandstone soil.
They are committed to sustainable practices which include
100% green energy use in the winery, in part supplied by their
own array of 159 solar panels.
Extensive insulation of the 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 (they even adopted four orphan lambs who help
Under vine cultivation to reduce use of herbicides.
Application of green compost to improve soil structure and
Extensive soil nutrient mapping and band application equipment
ensure they only add chemical nutrients exactly when and where