Sussex – Wineries
Members and visitors are encouraged to patronise these vineyards and merchants. You will be assured of a warm welcome and member pricing. When you do so, please let the staff know that you are a member of the Chaîne, or if a visitor, that you found them through the Bailliage de Grande Bretagne website.
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Our vision is simple. We strive to create the finest wines in the world.
AT GUSBOURNE WE EMBRACE TRADITION BUT READILY CHALLENGE CONVENTION, EVEN TO MAKE WHAT MIGHT SEEM LIKE VERY SMALL DIFFERENCES TO THE FINISHED WINE. ATTENTION TO DETAIL IS OFTEN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GREAT AND EXCEPTIONAL
The original Gusbourne Estate in Appledore, Kent dates back to 1410. The de Goosebourne family crest was made up of three geese and can be found in our local parish church in Appledore - nowadays, each and every bottle of wine crafted at Gusbourne carries a contemporary goose crest in honour of our heritage. This ‘Goosemark’ is a symbol of trust, representing our pursuit of uncompromising quality.
A combination of the best age-old traditions with modern technology and cutting-edge equipment allows us to sit comfortably between old and new world winemaking, while at the same time bringing our own exacting quality standards to the process. Respect for the vineyards, the fruit and the natural elements involved in winemaking means that our approach favours minimal intervention.
EVER SINCE THE VERY FIRST VINES WERE PLANTED NYETIMBER HAS HAD A SINGLE AIM: TO MAKE THE FINEST ENGLISH SPARKLING WINE THERE IS. WITH GEOGRAPHY, CLIMATE, PASSION AND DETERMINATION ON OUR SIDE, WE KNEW WE COULD RIVAL THE BEST IN THE WORLD, INCLUDING CHAMPAGNE. "I DON’T THINK IN YEARS BUT IN GENERATIONS" ERIC HEEREMA, OWNER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE
The Nyetimber estate counts three major landmarks in its history. Its earliest beginnings saw it first recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086. Then there was the planting of the first vines, almost exactly 900 years later. Most recently, there was the decision in 2006 that Nyetimber wines deserved an audience on the world stage.
Nyetimber is in the fortunate position to own one hundred percent of our vineyards and all of our wines are produced from the 170 hectares we have planted at the best sites in West Sussex and Hampshire. Nyetimber’s vineyards were the first to be devoted exclusively to the holy trinity of Champagne grapes: chardonnay, pinot meunier and pinot noir.
A millennium might have passed since our name was coined as ‘Nitimbreha’, likely referring to a newly timbered house or perhaps a small timber plantation. But the most significant developments for this House have taken place in a single decade with our winemaking team among the most proficient in the world.
Ridgeview Wine Estate
The story began in 1995, when Mike and Chris Roberts decided to realise a vision, nurtured for many years. With a love of England and a passion for wine, they investigated the English wine industry with a view to understanding the type of wine production they felt would thrive best in the cool climate of Southern England. Their research pointed towards traditional method sparkling wine made from the three classic varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
Nestled at the base of the beautiful South Downs with their chalky soils, the perfect site was found – the ridge with an unforgettable view. It was here the journey began. Whilst the vines were gently nurtured towards their first harvest, we were busy building a state-of-the-art winery. Ridgeview has one of England’s only bespoke underground sparkling wine cellars. Here, our wines are stored in perfect conditions to facilitate the all-important secondary fermentation and lees ageing process. This ensures the development of incredibly high quality, bottle fermented sparkling wines with the finest bubbles and a perfect mousse.
This multi awarding winning winery is very much a family business with two generations involved in the business. We invite Chaine members to visit and to purchase via our website at member rates.