Wine Pairing Dinner with Jilly Goulden at Ashdown Park Hotel

On June 2nd 2017 Bluebell Vineyard is teaming up with the historic Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club for a fun and fizz filled weekend to celebrate English Wine Week!

This weekend package is a must for all wine enthusiasts: Explore wine's journey from vine to table with a full guided tour around Bluebell Vineyard, followed by a private wine tasting experience. Sample further fine English wines with perfect food pairing for an evening of exquisite dining, hosted by renowned wine expert Jilly Goolden.

Also included in this package is transportation to and from Bluebell Vineyard, overnight stay and breakfast.

From £240.00 per person, based on two adults sharing a Deluxe Room.

Full details below on the Ashdown Park Hotel website http://www.ashdownpark.com/english-wine-tour-and-dinner-jilly-goolden. 

Christmas Opening Hours

We are open Monday to Saturday including Christmas Eve 10am to 4pm but will be closed between Christmas and New Year.  

We will re-open on Tuesday 3rd January. Any enquiries sent between 25 December and 3rd January will be dealt with upon our return.

Launch of our first Magnum!

We are delighted to announce the launch of our first Magnum - the Blanc de Blancs 2009 priced at £55 via our website.

The Blanc de Blancs 2009 Magnum is something special.  Aged on lees for over 6 years, this wine which has developed delicious autolytic notes, supported by lots of red apple and citrus fruit notes, while retaining freshness and perfectly balanced acidity. 

Magnums are ideal for Christmas celebrations, corporate events and Christmas parties and would also make a great gift for the festive period. 
 

Winemaker, Kevin Sutherland gives some tips for Sparkling Wine & Food Pairing

Looking for inspiration for Christmas Food & Wine Pairing?  We asked our winemaker, Kevin Sutherland for some tips.

The key to food and wine matching is to assess the basic components of each and then to find a balance between the key characteristics so that they don’t overpower each other.  In general the acidity of sparkling wines make them great for matching with slightly fatty or sweet foods as the acidity cuts through in the way a lemon can cut through and cleanse the palate when eating smoked salmon.

Seyval Blanc 2013: a superb aperitif; but the slight sweetness also balances well with salt making it a great match for blue cheeses such as stilton.

Rosé 2013: This dry sparkling Rosé makes an excellent match with smoked salmon or high quality smoked ham canapés, but will also pair well with fruity desserts with a touch of acidity - think strawberry and almond crumble or raspberry pannacotta.

Blanc de Blancs 2014: the acidity in the wine, combined with delicate fruit flavours and a creamy finish, makes it a perfect pairing for Dover sole, scallops, fish and chips.
 
Winemaker's Classic 2010: The nutty, fruity notes, vibrant acidity and creamy texture of this wine make it a perfect match for dishes with butter and beurre blancs sauces.
 
Late-Disgorged Blanc de Blancs 2008:
Indulge yourself! The bubbles provide the perfect textural contrast to the smooth velvety texture of oysters or the richness of lobster.
 

Cheers to a fizzing 2016 harvest!

Harvest 2016 has just finished and the team are about to take a well earned rest!  

It's been an exceptional harvest, with fantastic quality grapes coming into the winery, full of delicious fruit flavours. Watch this space in a couple of years time to try the 2016 vintage!

Sussex women winemakers have got bottle!

We were delighted to join our local MP, Nus Ghani MP and other winemakers from across Sussex at a parliamentary reception to celebrate Women in the Wine and Spirits Industry yesterday, organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Wine and Spirit Group. 

Commenting after the event, Nus Ghani MP said: “In Wealden we are hugely lucky to have some fantastic vineyards, and I’ve loved my visits to both Sussex Vineyards and Bluebell Vineyard Estates. I am especially proud that both of these vineyards have strong and successful women at the top, with Jonica and Joyce both leading their businesses from strength to strength.

“I was very pleased to be able to welcome them both to Parliament yesterday, where it was reinforced what a huge contribution women make to the wine and spirits industry. Wealden alone is showing that France no longer has a monopoly on outstanding wine, and Wealden’s women are showing that men no longer have a monopoly on running successful vineyards.”

Sussex Women Winemakers have got bottle!

Joyce Tay, Bluebell Vineyard, meets Nus Ghani MP, MP for Wealden 

Joyce Tay, Bluebell Vineyard, meets Nus Ghani MP, MP for Wealden 

Harvest 2016 is underway!

Harvest at Bluebell Vineyard began on Monday with our team hand picking our grapes before taking them to the winery to be made into delicious English Sparkling Wine.  Harvest will take around 3 weeks before the pickers retire for a well earned rest!

Sussex is looking beautiful in this autumn sunshine!

Join Bluebell Vineyard for an unforgettable harvest experience Saturday 15th October

The annual grape harvest is the pinnacle of the growing season, and the most exciting time of the year!  

Join our team while we pick the grapes in our beautiful vineyard before having lunch overlooking the vines, followed by a wine tasting from winemaker, Kevin Sutherland.

After lunch you will have the chance to taste the fruits of your labour by sampling the freshly pressed juice of the grapes you picked that morning, followed by a tutored tasting of our award-winning wines.

What can you expect?
10am: Arrive at Bluebell Vineyard and be welcomed by the vineyard team with a warming cup of tea or coffee.  We will explain how the grapes are to be picked and how we identify the best quality grapes to harvest for our sparkling wine.

10.30am: Start picking!  Our vineyard team will supervise you while you harvest the grapes and will be on hand to answer any questions you have about grape growing and wine making.  

1pm: Settle down for a heart-warming lunch overlooking the vineyard and enjoy a tutored tasting with our winemaker Kevin Sutherland.  Enjoy a glass of our award winning sparkling wine while you wait for the grapes you picked to be pressed.

2.30pm: Enjoy the fruits of your labour with a visit to the winery to taste the freshly pressed juice of the grapes you picked that morning.  
 
3pm: We finish our tour and you can head home for a well earned rest!

Tickets cost £35 and includes lunch.  

Time: 10am – 3pm
 
Call 01825 791561 or email wineinfo@bluebellvineyard.co.uk to book your tickets.

Bluebell is recruiting pickers for harvest!

Bluebell Vineyard is recruiting grape pickers for this coming harvest. Starting around 10th October we are looking for hard workers with a good sense of humour. Harvest is expected to last around 3 weeks, with usual hours 8am to 5pm Monday to Saturday. You will need your own transport.

These are paid roles, with no experience necessary.  We will provide training and guidance on what is required during picking.  

For more information contact wineinfo@bluebellvineyard.co.uk or call 01825 791 561.

Bluebell barn transformed for wedding celebration!

The Bluebell barn was transformed recently to create a beautiful bespoke backdrop for a glorious wedding celebration.  Using a canopy of fairy lights, elegant draping and the natural atmosphere of the wine cages, the 'Not Your Average I Do' team created a romantic wedding ceremony and drinks reception at the vineyard.

For more information contact Bluebell Vineyard at wineinfo@bluebellvineyard.co.uk or visit www.notyouraverageido.com

Hindleap Winemaker's Classic Blend 2010 wins best Sparkling Wine in South East

Bluebell Vineyard Estates 'Hindleap' Winemaker's Classic Blend 2010 was awarded the cup for Best Sparkling Wine 2016 by the South East Vineyard Association (SEVA). 

The cup was presented at the SEVA BBQ on Sunday 4th September, which was held at the Tinwood Estate in West Sussex.

The 'Hindleap' Winemaker's Classic Blend 2010, a Chardonnay dominant blend crafted by winemaker, Kevin Sutherland, has complex toasted notes of hazelnut and nutmeg on the nose, with lots of red fruit, peach and citrus fruits on the palate with a rich, bold and exceptionally long finish.  The wine has benefited from a minimum of 55 months ageing before release.

"We had some fun with this wine and crafted a special blend from a dedicated parcel of grapes grown in 2010.  Leaving the wine to mature on lees longer - 55 months in this case - before disgorging brings a totally different expression to the wine; mature, rich and developed, while still maintaining the freshness and acidity characteristic of our wines.” 

   

 

SEVA General Secretary, Belinda Mercer, presents Bluebell Vineyard Winemaker, Kevin Sutherland, with SEVA cup for best sparkling wine.

SEVA General Secretary, Belinda Mercer, presents Bluebell Vineyard Winemaker, Kevin Sutherland, with SEVA cup for best sparkling wine.

Join us at the 2016 Brighton Wine Fair on 3rd September!

Join Sussex wine producers including Bluebell Vineyard Estates, Ridgeview Wine Estate, Bolney Wine Estate, Albourne Estate, Court Garden, Plumpton Estate, WSET and Brighton wine merchants including Ten Green Bottles, Twenty One Wines, Seven Cellars, Elwood Wines, Majestic Brighton & Hove, Pacta Connect.

Over 50 wines will be available to try, taste and buy!

When? Saturday 3rd Sept 2016 - 12.30pm to 4pm

Where? The Grand Brighton, 97-99 King's Road, Brighton BN1 2FW  

For more information and to buy tickets visit www.brightonwinefair.com

Bluebell Railway Afternoon Tea, 22nd August 2016

Take a trip on the historic Bluebell Railway with a glass of Bluebell Vineyard Sparkling from Sheffield Park to Kingscote Station with transport to and from Alexander House to enjoy a delicious Afternoon Tea. 

Menu Includes: Selection of Chef's homemade open and closed sandwiches, Chef's homemade cakes and pastries and warm sultana & plain scones with homemade preserve. 

FROM £49pp

To book call the Alexander House Sales Team on 01342 859753 or send us an email>

Terms and Conditions: Full payment is required on booking

Fundraising tour and tasting for St Peter and St James Hospice, 23rd July

Join us at the Estate on 23rd July for a private tour and tasting in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice.  We are delighted to be supporting the hospice throughout the year to help them achieve their fundraising objectives in order to continue their incredible work.

Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine on arrival before a tour of the vineyard and winery, and a fun and informative explanation of how sparkling wine is produced.  Then sit back and enjoy some refreshments and a tutored tasting through our award-winning wines.

Tickets for this special afternoon event in aid of the hospice are £20 per person and need to be booked in advance. Contact Glenda on 01825 722 607.

For more information about the work they do visit: http://www.stpeter-stjames.org.uk/ 

 

Introducing the Blanc de Blancs 2009

We are delighted to announce the release of our 2009 Blanc de Blancs. Produce from 100% Chardonnay, this special wine has spent a minimum of 69 months ageing on its yeast lees before release.

Following a hot summer in 2009, the Chardonnay grapes came into the winery ripe, clean and full of flavour. Golden in colour, with vivid, fine bubbles, this wine has rich, nutty, autolytic characters on the nose accompanied by hazelnut, kiwi fruit, pear and citrus fruit aromas.  There is complexity and richness from aging on the lees with yeasty, brioche aromas and classic chardonnay notes of ripe green apple.

 On the palate there is mouth-watering freshness with a creamy mousse and good flavour intensity.  Green apple, mandarin, white grapefruit and hints of tropical fruit flavours, such as pineapple and kiwi fruit form the backbone of the wine.  A fresh zesty acidity, rich mouthfeel and biscuit falvours on the palate deliver a long, dry, complex finish.

Summer festivals underway!

Bluebell Vineyard Estates is taking part in the Wealden Food & Drink Festival at Pevensey Castle today and at the inaugural Fletching Festival.  We are showcasing our new vintage releases, offering tastings, wines by the glass and bottles for purchase.  

So far, so sunny!  

Introducing the Hindleap Sparkling Rosé 2013

We are delighted to announce the release of our 2013 Rosé.  A blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, this elegant Rosé has spent a minumum of 17 months on the lees and displays raspberry, stone fruit and summer berry aromas with hints of red cherry and wild strawberry on the palate with a dry, delicate finish.

The 2013 growing season started slowly due to a cold winter and spring, which delayed budburst and pushed all stages of growth back a couple of weeks.  However, this slow start was followed by a generally warm and dry summer which led to good acidity in the grapes.  The Pinot base wines were full of wild strawberry and raspberry flavours - characteristics that continue into the glass and are trademarks of our Hindleap Rosé sparkling wines. 
 

Awards haul for Bluebell Vineyard Estates

Results are in and Bluebell Vineyard Estates picked up an impressive haul of 16 medals at recent international wine competitions.  Our 2011 Blanc de Blancs was awarded the prestigious Food Match Trophy and Gold Medal at the 2016 Sommelier Wine Awards, while our 2008 Late Disgorged Blanc de Blancs was awarded silver.  

Commenting on the wine, judges said the Blanc de Blancs 2011 was "A worthy winner of the Fish & Chips Food Match Trophy. This is very toasty and rich in the mouth, showing fruit skin and hazelnut flavours, some oxidation, but plenty of body and length".   

There was also awards success for our soon-to-be released vintages.  Our forthcoming 2010 Blanc de Blancs and 2010 Winemaker's Classic Blend were both awarded Silver medals at the 2016 International Wine and Spirits Competition, International Wine Challenge and the Decanter Wine Awards, while our 2013 Ros
é picked up bronze at International Wine Challenge and the Decanter Wine Awards.

The full list of our 2016 medals:

Hindleap 2011 Blanc de Blancs
Gold, Sommelier Wine Awards 2016
Food Match Trophy, Sommelier Wine Awards 2016

Hindleap 2010 Blanc de Blancs
Silver, International Wine Challenge 2016
Silver, International Wine & Spirits Competition 2016
Silver, Decanter Wine Awards 2016

Hindleap Winemaker's Classic Blend 2010
Silver at International Wine Challenge
Silver at International Wine & Spirits Competition
Silver at Decanter Wine Awards 2016

Hindleap Late Disgorged Blanc de Blancs 2008
Silver, Sommelier Wine Awards 2016
Silver, International Wine Challenge 2016
Silver, International Wine & Spirits Competition 2016
Silver, Decanter Wine Awards 2016

Hindleap Ros
é 2013  
Bronze, International Wine Challenge 2016
Bronze, Decanter Wine Awards 2016
Commended, Sommelier Wine Awards 2016

Seyval Blanc 2013
Bronze, International Wine Challenge

The Hindleap Blanc dde Blancs, 2011 is ‘A worthy winner of the Fish & Chips Food Match Trophy. This is very toasty and rich in the mouth, showing fruit skin and hazelnut flavours, some oxidation, but plenty of body and length’.
— Sommelier Wine Awards, 2016