Category: English Wine

An English country vineyard

On a recent sunny summer’s day, our photographer, Simon Peel, declared the light was ‘perfect’ for him to vacate the office in favour of a jaunt to one of our local vineyards. Camera in hand, he reports back on how the English vintage is progressing in what has been – this weekend’s storms aside – […]

What we’re drinking: English sparkling

With summertime in full swing – and, as a recent report shows, more sparkling wine being consumed than ever before – thoughts turn to the increasingly sophisticated pleasure of English bubbles. Simon Field MW ponders the charm of home-grown sparkling. To say that English sparkling wine has come of age is something an understatement; the […]

Notes from the vineyard: a lot of bottle

This week, the usually tranquil Gusbourne vineyards will be working to a new soundtrack as the bottling line clanks into action. Over the coming days, the team will be flat-out transferring 2013’s wine from tanks into bottles so that secondary fermentation can begin. Here, winemaker Charlie Holland brings us up to speed. The crop we’re […]

Notes from the vineyard: Gusbourne Estate

In the first of a series of blogs following the growing season at boutique English wine producer Gusbourne, Ben Walgate, CEO, introduces us to the estate, walks us through the vineyards and prepares for bottling. The first vines may have been planted a decade ago, but the history of Gusbourne Estate in Appledore, Kent, can […]