Vines were first planted at Nutbourne in 1979 as an early part of the new era of wine grape growing in this country. Since 1991 the Nutbourne estate has been owned, managed and expanded by the Gladwin family. It is now considered one of the premier boutique 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 much of the Champagne region in France.
There are 26 acres under vine. The vineyards are tended throughout the year, pruned by hand through the winter and then carefully trained, trimmed and nurtured during the summer months.
We grow 8 different types of grape: the Riesling style Bacchus, Huxelrebe and Reichensteiner, as well as Pinot Noir, Pinot Menier, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc for our single varietals and sparkling blends.