Emile Faurie Foundation Garden Party

We are delighted to have hosted the Charity fundraising event for the Emile Faurie Foundation last night at the vineyard. The evening started with a welcome glass of our sparkling wine overlooking the vineyard whilst listening to 1920s music. Then into the marquee for a delicious meal and Charity Auction. The evening ended with everyone up on the dance floor, a fabulous time was had by all.

 

Bluebell vineyard team photo

Bluebell vineyard team photo

Bluebell Vineyard on BBC Sussex Radio

On Monday 14th August we hosted BBC Sussex breakfast show presenter Dominic Busby for a visit to "Glorious, Glorious Bluebell Vineyard". Dom looked around the vineyard and winery before a tasting through our delicious award-winning wines.

It was a beautiful day, with the sun shining and the vines looking splendid.

Listen in at 42:14, 1hr 25:04 and 2hr 52:17

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05bb64s#play

Classic Cuvee 2014: It smells of summer, and parties with friends and good times...it is magnificent and you can tell there is a lot of love put into it.
— Dominic Busby, BBC Sussex

Ellis Wines sales meeting at Bluebell vineyard Estates.

Ellis Wines sales meeting at Bluebell vineyard Estates.

We were delighted to host the Sales meeting for Ellis Wines. It was lovely to reconnect with old friends and greet new faces. Even the weather didn't put a damper on the day. With a Vineyard tour and tutored tasting followed by a tasty lunch provided by local suppliers. A great day out was had by all.

Join us for a brie-liant afternoon on our new Wine and Cheese Tour!

Join us for a brie-liant afternoon on our new Wine and Cheese Tour!

Wine and cheese is a winning combination and no matter your taste preferences, you'd feta believe there's a combination to suit!  We've done the hard work in advance and partnered with the award-winning High Weald Dairy to identify some perfect English Sparkling wine and English cheese combinations. 

Join us for a fun and informative vineyard tour and winery visit to learn how English Sparkling Wine is made, before a tutored tasting of our ‘Hindleap’ sparkling wines matched to High Weald Dairy cheeses including the iconic Brighton Blue.

These monthly tours have limited availability and include:

·         A tour of our beautiful vineyard, where Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grape varieties are grown

·         A tour of our winery and an insight into the sparkling wine making process

·         Tutored pairing of four amazing sparkling wine and cheese combinations

·         A relaxed introduction on how to match different wines to cheeses

·         The chance to purchase the wine and cheeses paired on the day

Tours cost £27.50 per person take place at 2pm on:

9th September
7th October
4th November
9th December

If this sounds gouda to you then book your space today by emailing wineinfo@bluebellvineyard.co.uk or calling us on 01825 791 561.

Spaces available for Saturday 22nd July tour at 2.30pm

We still have spaces for our Vineyard and Winery Tour at 2.30pm on Saturday 22nd July, and the vineyard is looking glorious!

A true 'grape to glass' experience, experience English winemaking in a fun and informative way. Email wineinfo@bluebellvineyard.co.uk or call us on 01825 791 561.

Beautiful setting & amazing wines to taste... Hoping to come back during grape picking season for another great experience!
— Bronagh Ames, Google Review, July 2017

Summer Sparklers

We recently had a mention in the Good things Magazine a luxury travel and food magazine. They did an article on Summer wines and featured our Hindleap Rose 2013. And how English sparkling wine is rivalling Champagne.

Described by Harry Crowther Wine expert as - Sweet red Fruits dominate the nose with a touch of Gun smoke. The palate has a slight hedonistic touch of sweetness with the ripe red fruit profile carrying over harmoniously. A fabulous example of what Brits are producing.

We believe our wines can rival the best sparkling wines in the world.  And it’s not just us who think so – our range of ‘Hindleap’ sparkling wines has been awarded over sixty national and international awards in just 5 years, confirming our reputation as one of England’s leading producers.

Join us for a true 'Grape to glass' experience on one of our tours.

The tours cost £16 per person and include a tasting of four of our award winning sparkling wines. Email wineinfo@bluebellvineyard or call 01825 791 561 for more information and to reserve your space.

 

 

 

Rose 2013

Rose 2013

The perfect location for a special event

What better way to hold a special event than at our beautiful Vineyard, with stunning views across the vines and rolling fields. We can hold events for weddings, parties corporate events etc.

With space to host between 10 and 120 guests we can offer bespoke events tailored to your needs.

Whatever the occasion, we will work with you to make your experience special.

Marquee set up for a recent wedding.

Marquee set up for a recent wedding.

New Wine and Cheese Pairing tours

Recent image from High Weald Dairy Cheese and Wine pairing.

Recent image from High Weald Dairy Cheese and Wine pairing.

We will soon be launching our new Wine and Cheese pairing tour. We will be working with our neighbours at High Weald Dairy and soon be running a full tour of the vineyard and winery followed by a wine tasting matched with their delicious cheese. Dates to be released soon so watch this space!

Please contact us for further details and also to book tours & tastings.

Telephone: 01825 791 561

 

Join us for a wine tasting at the Brighton Wine Fair on 2nd September!

The 4th Brighton Wine Fair will take place on Saturday 2nd Sept 2017 in the lovely Albert room at The Grand Brighton. This relaxed walk around annual wine fair is a great way to try wines from the best wine merchants in Brighton & Hove and many of the leading Sussex wine producers all under one roof.

Over 50 wines will be available to taste and buy including our Rose, Blanc de Blancs and Classic Cuvee!

Saturday, September 2 at 12:30 PM - 4 PM at the Grand Hotel in Brighton.  For more details visit Sussex Wine School.

Vineyard Tour & Tasting 2.30pm Saturday 22nd July

Join us for a true 'grape to glass' experience and an insight into grape growing and winemaking in England. Our tours are relaxed and fun and take you through the art and science behind winemaking before a tutored tasting of our award-winning current releases. 

Our tours include:
- A tour of our beautiful vineyard, where Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grape varieties are grown

- An explanation of the various vineyard activities that occur throughout the year

- A tour of our winery and an insight into the sparkling wine making process

- Tutored tasting of our award-winning current releases in our tasting room

The tours cost £16 per person and include a tasting of four of our award winning sparkling wines. Email wineinfo@bluebellvineyard or call 01825 791 561 for more information and to reserve your space.

Visit to the cork forests of Portugal

Assistant winemaker, Collette O'Leary was invited by cork manufacturers Amorim to visit the cork forests and factories in Portugal this week.  The trip offered a fascinating insight into the harvesting and production of cork.

Cork is harvested for two months a year, with the harvest still conducted by hand.  It's a very specialist job to harvest the cork without damaging the trees.  Each tree is then left for 9 years before it can be harvested again.  Only the very best grade cork goes into making corks for still and sparkling wines.  But nothing is wasted - the poorer quality cork is used for making shoes and sandals and even flooring!  

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Vineyard tour and tasting 12.30pm Saturday 15th July

Join us for a true 'grape to glass' experience and an insight into grape growing and winemaking in England. Our tours are relaxed and fun and take you through the art and science behind winemaking before a tutored tasting of our award-winning current releases. 

Our tours include:
- A tour of our beautiful vineyard, where Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grape varieties are grown

- An explanation of the various vineyard activities that occur throughout the year

- A tour of our winery and an insight into the sparkling wine making process

- Tutored tasting of our award-winning current releases in our tasting room

The tours cost £16 per person and include a tasting of four of our award winning sparkling wines. Email wineinfo@bluebellvineyard or call 01825 791 561 for more information and to reserve your space.

Vineyard and woodland trail now open!

We are delighted to announce that our Vineyard and Woodland trail is now open!  

There are three self-guided trails to choose from, which take between 30 minutes and one hour.  All trails begin at the Tasting Room, where maps are provided.  The trails are marked with wooden sign posts throughout the routes and there are picnic benches along the trail so you can bring a picnic or take a mid-walk rest and enjoy the views!  Whatever the time of day or year, there's always something new to encounter.  

The trails are open Monday - Saturday 10am to 4pm throughout the year with no need to book. Children are welcome, along with dogs on leads.

For more information on the trails please contact us on 01825 791 561 or at wineinfo@bluebellvineyard.co.uk.

Winemaker Kevin Sutherland interviewed on BBC Radio 4

We were delighted to attend the 50th South of England Show at Ardingly this year where we offered free tastings of our award-winning English sparkling wines.

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall also attended the show and planted a vine to officially represent the ‘millionth vine’ planted in the UK this year with United Kingdom Vineyards Association (UKVA), the UK wine industry’s central organisation.

Our very own winemaker, Kevin Sutherland was interviewed for BBC Radio 4 Farming Today at the South of England Agricultural Society show. His section starts at minute 23.20, talking about English Wine Producers, the English wine industry and a tasting of our Hindleap Blanc de Blancs.

Listen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08sksjl

Join us at the Newick Fair on Saturday!

Join Bluebell Vineyard Estates and other local producers for fabulous fizz, food, natural products, demonstrations, live music and children's activities at the Newick Fair on Saturday 17th June. Free music and parking!

We will be offering free wine tastings of our award-winning English Sparkling Wines.

Time: 11am to 3pm

Venue: Newick Green

Price: FREE

Visit and review by drinks blog 'Vinspire'

We were delighted to host a visit from one of the leading drinks bloggers recently, Vinspire who joined us for the afternoon as part of a Sussex visit to us and the Ashdown Park Hotel

You can read the full review here: Vinspire Bluebell Vineyard Tour & Tasting including comments on our new releases including our gold medal award-winning Barrel Aged Blanc de Blancs.

‘Are you in France?’ my friend asked after I posted a photo of Bluebell Vineyard Estates. Close, I guess, but no, I’m a bit closer to home in the stunning Sussex countryside.
— Vinspire

2017 awards haul for Hindleap wines

We are delighted to announce that our new releases all picked up medals in the 2017 wine competitions.

Our very first Barrel Aged Blanc de Blancs was awarded GOLD at the International Wine Challenge and Silver at the Sommelier Wine Awards with judges commenting:

Our 2014 Blanc de Blancs was award Silver at the Decanter World Wine Awards and International Wine Challenge, while our 2014 Classic was awarded Silver and Bronze at these competitions, respectively.  

‘A richer style, with more nutty character on the nose, then cream and toasty buttery notes,’ began Coq d’Argent’s Andrés Ituarte, concluding: ‘Good quality, well balanced on the palate with a nice smoky edge to it.’

Q&A with Assistant Winemaker, Collette O'Leary about English Wine Week 2017

With English Wine Week around the corner we caught up with Ashdown Park Hotel ahead of our English Wine Tour & Dinner on 3rd June. Assistant winemaker, Collette O'Leary discusses what makes English wine so special and what to expect on one of Bluebell Vineyard Estates' tours.

What will be happening at Bluebell Vineyard during English Wine Week?

English Wine Week is a great showcase for the industry and Bluebell Vineyard Estates loves to get involved so we will be hosting free wine tastings at the vineyard during the week.  We’ve recently launched our new Barrel Aged Blanc de Blancs which is tasting absolutely delicious and we will be offering tastings of this limited release wine to our customers who visit us at the vineyard.

What are the biggest challenges involved in producing English wine?

The weather!  We have what is termed a ‘marginal climate’ which means it can be challenging to grow some grape varieties in England due to the comparatively cool temperatures and high rainfall.  However, being based in Sussex means we have amongst the highest temperatures in England, crucial for ripening the grapes, but also lower rainfall and moderate winds, all of which help provide the right conditions for growing grapes for sparkling wine production. 

How does English wine differ from wines from other countries?

England has quite a long growing season and harvest often starts around 7th October.  This longer season typically results in more fruit-forward styles of sparkling wines with a lively, zesty acidity. 

Have you noticed an increase in interest in English wines and vineyards over the last few years?

Absolutely - since we opened our tasting room two years ago we’ve seen visitor numbers increase month by month and there’s a real appetite among the British who want to explore wine and food producers on their doorstep.  We are very fortunate to be surrounded by some amazing hotels, pubs and restaurants with a real focus on producing food with provenance and are looking for English wines to match.  Getting English wines onto wine lists across the region has made a huge difference and we are very lucky to have such support.

What’s your favourite wine produced at the vineyard and what’s your favourite way to enjoy it?

It’s an old saying but the favourite wine has to be the one in my glass at the time!  But seriously, we have some really wonderful wines which all shine on different occasions.  Our Seyval Blanc is full of zesty apple and lemon sherbet notes and is perfect for drinking with friends on a hot summer day.  At the other end is our Late Disgorged Blanc de Blancs, which is rich, creamy and complex and perfect to eat with something indulgent, like lobster, on special occasions.

What can visitors to Bluebell Vineyard expect from a tour?

A very friendly greeting from our four yellow Labradors!  We are a family run vineyard and pride ourselves on making sure that visitors receive a very personal experience.  Our tours are fun, informal and informative and we take people through the whole grape growing and winemaking process in England as we do everything on site ourselves.  We visit the vineyard and winery before finishing with a tasting and make sure there is plenty of opportunity to ask questions. It’s a great opportunity to get behind some of the myth and mystique of the wine industry.

For information about more about the wine dinner and tour visit Ashdown Park Hotel  http://www.ashdownpark.com/english-wine-tour-and-dinner-jilly-goolden