Vines were first planted at Nutbourne in 1980 by one of the early pioneers of wine grape growing in this country. Since 1991 it has been owned and managed by the Gladwin family and since then the vineyard has developed and expanded as English wines have come of age. Nutbourne is now considered one of the premier wine producers in the South East, offering a range of estate grown still and sparkling wines which can compete anywhere in the world.
The “Terroir” at Nutbourne is a unique and ideal wine growing environment – a warm microclimate protected by the South Downs, gentle south-facing slopes and the same fertile green sand soil as the Champagne region in France. There are 26 acres under vine.
The vineyards are tended throughout the year, each vine pruned by hand throughout the winter and then lovingly trained, trimmed and nurtured during the summer months. The landscape is also carefully looked after with areas preserved for the habitat of wild flowers, insects and wildlife to balance the cultivation.
We grow 6 different types of grape: – the Riesling style: – Bacchus, Huxelrebe and Reichensteiner; Pinot Noir for our red, rosé and sparkling blends; and both Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc for Blanc de Blanc.
Harvest usually takes place in early October but the dates vary according to the ripening season. Our harvest target is for 2/3 tonnes of grapes per acre but production varies year on year. Each ton of grapes will produce approximately 800 bottles of wine.