Views here at the Gusbourne Estate are a feast for the eyes throughout the seasons. Acres of vines cover gentle slopes amongst the wildflowers and natural woodland as your eye travels across grassy Romney Marsh towards the south Kent coast. And at this time of year some of those views will be interrupted in the most delightful way – diverted to our specially planted Queen’s Green Canopy. A leafy planting of 15 varieties of plum and apple trees in our Boot Hill Garden overlooking the vineyard.
It's an idyllic setting for toasting Her Majesty’s historic 70-year reign and celebrating the start of the summer season with the debut of our Gusbourne Sparkling Afternoon Tea, created specially for the occasion. With everything you’d expect from a traditional afternoon tea – house-made sandwiches, scones and cream, delicate pastries – this intimate tea for two includes a welcome glass of our award-winning Brut Reserve as well as a bottle of Gusbourne sparkling Rosé (and of course a perfectly brewed cup of tea!).
Our chefs have also been hard at work re-imagining our picnics and tour lunches – all prepared on site at our Nest Kitchen with the highest quality local ingredients from Kent and West Sussex. And all carefully crafted to complement our vintage sparkling and still wines, including the 2020 vintage of our still Chardonnay Guinevere – released to coincide with English Wine Week and the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations.
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Vineyard Update, July 2022
As sunny summer days slowly slope towards harvest time, Chief Vineyard Manager Jon Pollard looks at the growing season so far – another fine vintage year for Gusbourne.
Like everything else in nature, the art of winemaking is constantly changing. At Gusbourne, alongside our celebrated range of award-winning sparkling wines, we embrace the opportunity to explore new avenues now and then. Here’s what happened when we planted the Burgundian Chardonnay 809 clone, a grape with a fascinating flavour profile.