Gusbourne Estate – Appledore, Kent

Gusbourne Estate was started in 2004 by South African-born entrepreneur Andrew Weedon, with the sole purpose of producing England’s finest sparkling wines.
All the grapes which go into Gusbourne’s wines are grown on the estate’s own vineyards – they own 40 hectares in Kent and 22 in West Sussex – meaning that they have complete control over the quality of the grapes being produced. This combination of meticulous care in the vineyards, a state of the art winery, and lengthy ageing of its sparkling wines on their lees during the all-important second fermentation in bottle, has already won the winery many top awards. Their Blanc de Blancs 2011 and still Pinot Noir 2014 both won Platinum trophies in the 2016 Decanter Wine Awards for being the best wines of their type from England.
This is a hugely exciting and ambitious estate which will surely produce sparkling wines on their English chalk soils which will rival the best of Champagne for years to come!