A few days in the life of Bluebell Vineyard

A few days in the life of Bluebell Vineyard - dinner at the wonderful Drakes of Brighton washed down with a glass of our delicious Rosé, followed by the Pumpkin Festival at Townings Farm & Shop and a fundraising day for the Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre at Plumpton Races yesterday with a Tour & Tasting and lunch for 10 donated by Bluebell Vineyard and Strong Flavours @strongflavours. #itsatoughlife

Focus on Bluebell Vineyard by Viva Lewes

We were delighted to be asked by Viva Lewes to take part in a pre-harvest focus on Sussex winemakers in their natural habitat http://www.vivabrighton.com/viva-lewes.

Photographer Emma Croman captured the feel of the Estate and winemaker, Kevin Sutherland, perfectly - thank you @emzyducks! See all the photos taken at www.emmacroman.com

A busy weekend at the Sussex Gin & Fizz Festival!

Bluebell Vineyard Estates took part in the very first Sussex Gin & Fizz festival in Lewes on Saturday.  Held at Southover Gardens, it was a sell-out event that celebrated the very best of Sussex produce. 

We added some sparkle to the event by offering tastings of our Seyval Blanc, Rose, Classic Cuvee and Blanc de Blancs and chocolatier makers Noble and Stace offered truffles filled with our sparkling wines.

 

Bluebell Vineyard hosts Deutsche Bank in-house hospitality team

We had a wonderful day on Saturday 30th September when we hosted the Deutsche Bank in-house hospitality team and Ellis Wines. Harvest is underway so we were able to see the pressed grapes and try some fermenting wines from tank. The sun even shone!

Food and Drink Festival

Bluebell vineyard Estates wine tasting at Chapel Barn food and Drink festival.

Hindleap listed at Butlers Wine Cellar, Brighton

We are delighted to announce that we now stocked at Butlers Wine Cellar in Brighton!

Butlers is Brighton’s oldest independent wine retailer with shops in Queen's Park Road and Kemp Town.

Among others, they have got our limited release Winemaker's Classic Blend 2010 and Barrel Aged Blanc de Blancs 2013. Two very special wines in excellent hands with the Butlers Team - cheers!

Go here: https://www.butlers-winecellar.co.uk/ 

 

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Sussex Gin & Fizz Festival 30th September!

What is better than an afternoon of sparking wine? An afternoon of sparkling wine and gin of course!

Join us on 30th September at the new one day Sussex Gin & Fizz festival in Lewes, part of Lewes OctoberFeast festival.

Sample local fizz and gins and enjoy local artisan food stalls and see the best of what Sussex can offer in the glorious walled gardens at Southover Grange in Lewes.

Full details at: https://www.sussexginandfizzfestival.com/

Upcoming tours and tastings

Its been a busy summer so far with lots of tours and events. Its now even easier to book your tours with our new booking system.http://www.bluebellvineyard.org/book-a-tour/ 

We also have our new exciting Cheese and Wine matching tours available to book. Visit the vineyard and winery and 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. This is a truly fabulous tour and perfect for cheese and wine lovers. We also have Gift vouchers available if you would like to book our tours as a gift. 

 

 

 

 

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Cheese and wine paring tour

Cheese and wine paring tour

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.