For the build up of our extensive wine list, we have been visiting many vine yards and tried the best Britain has to offer for our restaurant concept which predominantly focuses on local foraging, seasonal ingredients and all things British.
In the search for English Sparkling Wines to compliment Shaun Rankin’s Jersey inspired dishes we were invited to visit Gusbourne wine estate.
The Gusbourne wine estate is just a train ride away from central London. We departed at St. Pancreas Train Station to head to Ashford in Kent, where a car awaited to take us to the estate. The country lanes and the beautiful sunshine made for a promising visit. Once arrived at the estate we were greeted by Laura, a very approachable and knowledgeable industry specialist and representative. We were escorted along the vines and got detailed insights into the process of the life cycle and challenges faced growing the grapes. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier which are all used for their Brut Reserve.
An interesting fact which we have learned through out our vine yard visits was the use of Rose bushes planted at the start of each lane. Depending on the colour of the grape, so the colour of the Rose bush, in the past these were also used as an indicator for bacterial and fungi infections to the plants.
The views were spectacular and the insight into mechanical and technical wine sourcing was fascinating, we recommend you will also pay this estate a visit, and to be educated about the trending English Sparkling Wines which are stirring up the Champagne industry.
All in all Gusbourne has a beautiful location with a lot of character, passionate people and great wines.
The original Gusbourne Estate in Appledore, Kent dates back to 1410. In 2004, Andrew Weeber took over the estate with a clear vision and a single goal.
“Create English sparkling wines that would stand up alongside the very finest offerings from across the globe.”
English Sparkling Wine Selection:
- For more information visit the Gusbourne Wine Estate website