Time Well Spent
At Gusbourne, we present an authentic reflection of a time and place in each of our bottles, by producing exclusively vintage wines that are unique to each growing season. Inspired by this ethos of making the most of time, we’ve put together a collection of tips, tricks and interesting reads to help you make the most of your Time Well Spent.
We’ve joined forces with selected partners with whom we already share certain values – creativity, independent thinking and true craftsmanship – as part of an exchange of knowledge and insights that we have shared here. You can also explore the perfect pairing of takeaway food with our wines, inspiring recipes from the kitchens of partners such as The Langham London, and thought-provoking conversations with partners such as Bremont, Gieves & Hawkes and Penhaligon’s. Plus, insider knowledge on how at Gusbourne we take time to perfect our wines, so you can enjoy them always at their best.
Topping It Off: Why Corks Matter
Popping the cork – that ceremonial moment when sparkling wines announce their imminent arrival to a glass near you. And just one reason why the cork itself is as carefully chosen as what it’s preserving in the bottle.
Join Our Club: Gusbourne Reserved
You may not know it, but at Gusbourne we have our own club. Unlike most members’ clubs, however, there’s no waiting list. No vetting procedure. No dress code. No club rules. That’s just not our style. Welcome to Gusbourne Reserved.
Laura Rhys, Master Sommelier
There are only 34 women Master Sommeliers in the world, and only 6 in the UK and Europe. Gusbourne Global Ambassador Laura Rhys is one of them. From a weekend restaurant job to creating wine lists at Michelin-starred restaurants, Laura’s sparkling career is the result of hard work, harder study and a deeply held love of wine.
Charlie Holland, Head Winemaker
When Head Winemaker and CEO Charlie Holland joined Gusbourne in 2013, after learning his trade in wineries round the world, two things were at the front of his mind. Here we profile the man who drives us forward.
Blending: How the Magic of Sparkling Starts
Picture a team of winemakers convened around a table – sniffing, swirling, tasting, mixing, clinking glasses and declaring their perfected blend a triumph. A romantic image, isn't it? Pure fiction. The real craft of blending is a harmonious mix of science – data, testing, analysis, spreadsheets – and years of finely honed craft, knowledge and intuition.
Sustainability at Gusbourne: From the Soil Up
Sustainability at Gusbourne is more than just a promise to do better. From the soil up, sustainability has been driving the way we produce our wines since we planted our first vines back in 2004. As a founding member of the Sustainable Wines of Great Britain, Gusbourne now proudly carries the SWGB mark – an accreditation that’s only carried on wines made from fruit grown in vineyards and made in wineries that meet exacting guidelines for sustainable practices.
Why We Blind Taste Our Base Wines
A lot happens to a Gusbourne wine in its journey from harvest to bottle. One important stage is putting our base wines to the test. Each year our winemaking team blind tastes and meticulously analyses every wine before deciding the carefully crafted blends that each of our labels will carry. It’s a fascinating process that takes skill, experience and the ability to imagine a wine’s potential in every vintage year.
Bottling the Bubbles
Some elements of winemaking are widely recognisable. Everyone knows what pruning and harvest look like, photos abound. But once the grapes have been pressed in the winery and the young wine stored to mature, what happens next? When is it transferred to bottle? How do we know the optimum moment for release? Here we reveal the less public part of the winemaker's art.
Cellar Aged Still Wines
One of the most enchanting things about wine is that every vintage is unique. Every year expresses the fascinating symbiotic relationship between nature and winemaker. At Gusbourne, every wine we release is a vintage from a single year, the product of the unpredictability of nature and the challenges that winemakers work with to create the bottles that others enjoy.