WE VISITED SOME GREAT SUSSEX VINEYARDS
If you’ve been keeping up with us on social media you might have seen we got to taste some great local wines in the sunshine last week.
We love visiting our producers and who wouldn’t want to spend a day visiting the counties top vineyards ?
The first stop off on our trip was Poynings Grange Vineyard.
Run by Esme and her husband Rupert, the vineyard is tucked away in the rolling South Downs hills. The small-scale vineyard came to life in 2010 and since they have found their passion and dedication for looking after the grapes whilst facing many challenges along the way.
It’s clear that raising the vines is a labor of love for Emma and Rupert and the sheer grit and determination that goes into the harvest is admirable!
The couple have adapted to rolling with the many highs and lows after experiencing that the endless time and effort go into producing the best grapes doesn’t always go to plan.
Nature can be a constant battle throughout the process which means they have to constantly tend to the vines to avoid a devastating loss from frost or local pests trying to get a taste of the sweet fruit.
All of this effort pays off as we are now stocking the full range of Poynings Grange wines.
We then visited the fantastic Albourne Estate.
A family-owned vineyard and winery just outside of Brighton. This considerably larger vineyard is ran by Alison and her family, who produce a broad range of English wines from the plot they have.
Their estate has everything a winemaker could need, and this combined with their passion and hard work guarantees control over every process to produce one of the highest quality range of wines in Sussex!
They are a ’boutique’ producer and they are seriously committed to working with and supporting other local businesses.
From visiting the site, you can see their environmental footprint is also something that stands out – their dedication to their sustainable and vegan friendly wines is really worth shouting about.
As Alison talks us through the natural compost matter they use to nurture the ground we can really notice the passion and love that goes into looking after
the grapevines and finding methods to really get the best out of the vineyard. The devotion doesn’t stop here, the attention to detail is shown right through to vinification and additives where Alison will have active involvement in complementing the flavours in the wine.
We really enjoyed visiting our local vineyards and there are plenty more stops we’ll be making on our Sussex tour.
All of our new wines are available now on the site so, as always, buy British and support your local producers. They need it more now than ever !
Thanks for reading and watch this space for more blogs.
Phil, Barry, Louise & The Team