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Albourne Estate, Sussex

An environmentally conscious and exciting producer of refreshing English Wine

Nestled in the South Downs, north of Brighton, this boutique producer run by Alison Nightingale, crafts distinctive single estate wines. Beneath these gently 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), a delightfully elegant Blanc de Blancs and vibrantly fruity Blanc de Noirs. 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 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 they only add chemical nutrients exactly when and where required.