Harvest is one of the most exciting times to visit. These Discovery and Estate Tours come with a twist - we seek out opportunities for you to step behind the scenes and see what happens at Gusbourne during the grape harvest.
During your tour, you may be able to taste our fully ripened grapes straight from the vine before the bunches are picked and sent to the winery for pressing. Our pickers may be in action where you can observe them working their way down the rows of vines, picking each and every bunch of grapes by hand. Then, as you head back to The Nest for your lunch and tasting, you may see the grapes coming into the winery fresh from the vineyards and even taste some of the juice straight from the press. This is the juice that will become Gusbourne’s 2022 vintage.
The format of the tour is based on our regular Discovery or Estate Tour, in which you'll arrive for a hosted tour of the vineyards and winery, followed by a tutored tasting in the Nest, including some special wines that don’t feature in our standard hosted tour. We will then serve lunch, which for a Discovery Tour is composed of small seasonal plates, designed to complement the wines, and for an Estate Tour is a full three-course lunch with wine pairings.
Please note, harvest takes place in accordance with the weather and the vineyard manager’s skilled assessment of the optimum time to pick the grapes. We cannot guarantee you will be able to experience all of these harvest activities during your visit due to the variability of nature and its effect on processes in the vineyard and winery.
English Wine Week 2022: Special events and a New Still Wine Release
The pursuit of quality knows no boundaries. Two special events at The Nest, ready to book now, will prove the point as we release Chardonnay Guinevere 2020 in celebration of English Wine Week 2022.
Pizza at Gusbourne
Pizza and sparkling wine is a great combination. There's something about the vibrant acidity and the bubbles which combine beautifully with silky, rich mozzarella cheese and fresh tomato. We're delighted to welcome Martino's Pizza back to Gusbourne this summer for a very special day set amongst the wildflowers of our Boot Hill Garden.