Good Wine Doesn’t Have to Cost the Earth - Sustainable Viticulture in England
Beacon Down's Sussex estate boasts 18 acres - with a breathtakingly beautiful view across the South Downs.
In 2016, three English wine enthusiasts joined forces to produce England's first Charmat method wines in Worthing, West Sussex. Fitz's resulting non vintage fizz, released earlier this year has already picked up an award from The Drinks Business and the trio's plans are set to grow this vintage with a rosé to be released in… Continue reading Fitz – English Charmat Method Producers & Right Royal Bastards
Since reading an interview with Ben Walgate in The Buyer last year about his new venture, Tillingham Vineyard, I've been wanting to find out more. Eschewing chemicals and exploring natural winemaking methods is perhaps harder in England, but it is eminently possible as Ben is proving. Inspired by organic growers such as Will Davenport, Tillingham's… Continue reading Sussex Vineyard Interview No 12 – Tillingham
I spoke to Henry Connell from London based The Uncommon who are the first producers to be making English wine in cans.
After a riveting day at Plumpton College learning about the complex science of judging sparkling wine earlier this year, I was taken by the amount I managed to learn in such a short time from Tony Milanowski. Tony is a lecturer in Oenology at Plumpton and teaches MSc, BSc & FdSc wine students. Being the… Continue reading An Interview with Plumpton College’s Tony Milanowski
I tried my first English Wine five years ago - a bottle of Nyetimber’s Classic Cuvee. I was astonished with the quality. A few bottles of Davenport’s Horsemonden Dry and a swig of Wiston’s sparkling Rosé later, and I started to realise what an exciting local product we had on our hands. Since then, I’ve… Continue reading Sussex Vineyard Interview No. 9: Nyetimber’s Brad Greatrix
When his Italian father-in-law suggested that Blackdown Ridge would be ideal for viticulture, a seed was planted in owner Professor Martin Cook’s mind. A renowned Histopathologist, Cook planted in 2010 and a first vintage was released in 2015. Set in glorious countryside, Blackdown Ridge is set on the highest point in the Sussex Weald and… Continue reading Sussex Vineyard Interview No. 8: Blackdown Ridge
English wines and in particular still English wines, are often thought of as expensive. I've done the testing for you to find six brilliant Sussex wines to drink now which won't break the bank. Dog Rosé Off The Line GRAPE VARIETY: Regent, Dornfelder, Rondo VINTAGE: 2016 PRICE: £15.00 ABOUT: A young and fresh easy drinking… Continue reading 6 Sussex Wines For Under £15
There's nothing I like more than hearing about new vineyards in Sussex, so when Dillions popped up on my Instagram feed, I quickly got in touch. It's early days for the team - the first plantings were last year and David and Lisa are new to viticulture - but this makes it all the more… Continue reading Sussex Vineyard Interview No. 14: Dillions Vineyard
Originally published in The Grape Press, March 2019 It’s a thrilling time for the wines of England and Wales - production is increasing exponentially, and our wines continue to gain traction on the world stage. In a climate where consumers are keen to expand their palates beyond more traditional fare, producers are now keenly exploring… Continue reading The Shock of the new: in praise of new English Wine products
All English Distribution's business model is simple - to create a one-stop shop for UK drinks producers to sell and promote their products. Place an order and it will be fulfilled by the producer themselves. Clever! I got in touch for a mini interview. What's your background? I'm was born in England but raised and… Continue reading All English Distribution
I’m delighted to be helping out again at this year’s Sussex Gin and Fizz Festival on 29th June at Southover Grange, Lewes. From small batch gin and fizz producers and live music to talks from experts and delicious locally made hot food, there’s going to be something to please everyone. This year, the day session… Continue reading Sussex Gin and Fizz Festival – 29th June
Supermarket shelves seem to be full of ciders right now - confected, artificially flavoured, processed affairs which they have very little in common with Gospel Green's crisp, dry, bottle fermented offering. With numerous similarities with English sparkling wine, Gospel Green is produced using the traditional method used to make Champagne, Cap Classique and English sparkling… Continue reading Gospel Green – Traditional Method Cyder