English wine has been evident in the press a lot quite recently, so here we are ready to introduce to you a hidden secret – Nutbourne Vineyards!
How did Nutbourne Vineyards start?
Nutbourne Vineyards are a pioneer in the UK wine industry, with 20 acres of vines being planted with Germanic varieties (Bacchus, Huxelrebe and Reichensteiner) in 1980. In 1991 the Gladwin family bought the vineyard and since then have expanded the vineyard and introduced new varieties such a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The winery was built 10 years ago, which ensured Nutbourne were producing high-quality wines which have now gone on to win many of the countries most prestigious wine awards.
What is Nutbourne’s winemaking style?
As a small producer, we have much more freedom to produce wines which we want to make, and that is why we have a larger selection of still wines than sparkling (most UK producers make sparkling wine). Our range changes year on year, depending on how successful the season has been and what we would like to be produced. This year we have introduced oak barrels (American and French) to add depth to our Pinot Noir which will be released in 2020. We have a Riesling – style wine using our Germanic varieties, and we also have lower alcohol naturally fermented wine, Nutty Wild made from Pinot Noir which is very unique.
What is Nutbourne’s favourite varietal to work with?
We grow 7 different types of the grape: – the Riesling style: – Bacchus, Huxelrebe and Reichensteiner; and Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc for our sparkling blends. However, the Bacchus grape is very special as we have vines over 28 years old still producing the most delicious grapes, and this is what goes into our still wine for Bacchus which won the gold trophy winner last year.
Do you have a favourite wine or vintage that you have made?
Our Nutbourne Vineyards Nutty Wild is very special and keeps getting better every year.
What is one of the hardest things in winemaking year in and year out?
The massive difference in quality and yield each year, but with time that should balance out more.
What is the most rewarding thing about Nutbourne Vineyards?
Having everything done on site and seeing the whole process from start to finish. The location is beautiful and the perfect place on a summer’s day. Also, being small and boutique means there are more variance and choice in our wines making them exciting and different every year.