Since 2013, we have greatly benefitted from having two sites across the South of England – in Appledore, Kent and near Goodwood in West Sussex.
Our Kentish soils are predominantly clay, supplying the power, intensity, and weight of rich, ripe fruit. The predominantly chalk soils in West Sussex provide elegance and structure, drive and energy. Our winemaking team blind-taste over 200 base wines when creating our vintage blends, finding the perfect marriage of fruit from across these two sites. But now, for the very first time, you'll be able to taste just how special and unique each site is on its own, showcasing the most complex and interesting fruit from Commanders and Boot Hill vineyards in Kent and Selhurst Park and Down Field in West Sussex.
The winemaking team's attention to detail during their annual base wine tasting and blending process enables them to identify particularly interesting, intriguing, special wines to highlight a particular part of our vineyards and the vines within them. These expressions are about finding unique wines that represent the varietals and where they come from.
As the days grow shorter and another growing season reaches its crescendo, we’re inviting guests to join us for a special extended tour during this year’s harvest – another glorious Gusbourne vintage.
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.