Albourne Estate

FEATURE KEY

  • Accommodation
  • Online Shop
  • Tours Available
  • Venue Hire
  • Winery on Site

OPENING PERIOD

  • Open by appointment

OPENING DAYS

  • Saturday

All Tours must be booked in advance and run 11am to 1pm on selected Saturdays.

TOURS

  • Booking required

SELF-GUIDED TOURS

  • No Self-Guided Tour

SHOP TYPE

  • Order Collection Only

GET INVOLVED

  • Experiences
  • Help with Harvest
  • Volunteer

ACCOMMODATION

  • Camp Site

Kid-free, off-grid, camping with your own tent or pre-pitched 4 man tents (so nice and spacious for 2). Food and / or ingredients to cook yourself also available.

CONTACT DETAILS

Postcode: BN6 9DX

Tel: 07766 914407

Albourne Estate is a family-owned boutique vineyard and winery overlooking the South Downs, just 8 miles from Brighton. They craft small quantities of exciting and distinctive still and sparkling wines using only carefully grown grapes from their own estate.

Tours of the Vineyard and Winery

Tours start with a walk around the beautiful 30 acre vineyard where you will learn about many of the challenges and joys of growing grapes for wine in England – including explanations on site selection, vine planting and vineyard management practices throughout the year.

The route then continues to the Winery and Bottle Store to see the equipment used in making wines with detailed explanations of the processes involved in both still and sparkling wine production providing an insight into what makes Albourne Estate wines so special. Lastly, the tour visits the Wine Tasting Room and Shop, situated in a renovated old Sussex dairy, for a tutored tasting of 3 of the current releases.

Tours are led by either the owner and winemaker, Alison, or Winemaking assistant, Matthew, giving you unrivalled first hand experiences and in depth knowledge.

Follow Your Tour with Lunch

Local recommendations of pubs and restaurants are available.

About the Owner

After a career in multi-national marketing, Alison Nightingale decided to replace the politics and pressure of juggling work and a young family to study viticulture and winemaking at Plumpton College part-time (as have many other UK vineyard owners and workers) while her daughters were of pre-school age.

What’s it like to make your own wine?

Making wine is fascinating, and running the vineyard and winery is involving, fun (at times!), extremely hard work, nerve-wracking, stressful and challenging; but Alison is her own boss and able to juggle the needs of family with this new family business.

As with most things, it is through hands-on practice that the complexities and skills of vine growing and wine making are mastered, and Albourne Estate are traversing the first steps of this very long path with creative exploration and commitment.

The Wines

From the very beginning, Albourne Estate’s wines made a splash in the English wine world, winning Wine of the Year with their very first Bacchus release.

Unlike many Sussex wine producers, Albourne Estate produce a range of very fine still wines, as well as a full range of sparkling wines, including Classic Cuvée, Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs and Rosé. Their lastest release is 40 Vermouth, named after the number of botanicals that go in to create its unique flavour.

Vineyard Events…

English Wine Week Dinner with Albourne Estate Wines

English Wine Week Dinner with Albourne Estate Wines

  • The New Inn, Hurstpierpoint
  • 31 May 2018
  • TBC
  • TBC

More information coming soon!

Pop Up Cinema (Sideways) at Albourne Estate

Pop Up Cinema (Sideways) at Albourne Estate

  • Albourne Estate, Sussex
  • 15 Jun 2018
  • 8 pm
  • TBC

As part of the celebration of Sussex Wineries Weekend, Albourne Estate are putting on a screening of the very popular ‘wine-themed’ movie SIDEWAYS within their 400 year old barn.

Struggling writer and wine enthusiast Miles (Paul Giamatti) takes his engaged friend, Jack (Thomas Haden Church), on a trip to Californian wine country for a last single-guy bonding experience. While Miles wants to relax and enjoy the wine, Jack is in search of a fling before his wedding. Soon Jack is sleeping with Stephanie (Sandra Oh), while her friend Maya (Virginia Madsen) connects with Miles. When Miles lets slip that Jack is getting married, both women are furious, sending the trip into disarray.

Tickets available from end of April to include a glass of sparkling wine. Wine will also be available to purchase by the glass on the night.

Vertical Bacchus Tasting at Albourne Estate

Vertical Bacchus Tasting at Albourne Estate

  • Albourne Estate, Sussex
  • 16 Jun 2018
  • 5 pm
  • £30 per person

Vertical Tasting of Albourne Estate Bacchus 2013 through 2017 vintages. The first (and possibly last!) opportunity to undertake a guided vertical tasting though 5 vintages of Albourne Estate Bacchus, including the 2014 vintage which won UK Wine of the Year.

Learn about this interesting grape variety and the impact vintage and wine making variations have on the final wine.

Tickets available from end of April. Places strictly limited to 25 so book early to avoid disappointment.

Sussex Wineries Celebration at Albourne Estate

Sussex Wineries Celebration at Albourne Estate

  • Albourne Estate, Sussex
  • 16 Jun 2018
  • 10:30 am - 4 pm
  • No entry charge; hampers can be reserved in advance

Drop in Tastings, a Vineyard Treasure Hunt Trail and the opportunity to buy a delicious picnic hamper* of locally sourced Sussex produce to enjoy anywhere you like within the vineyard.

In addition, to celebrate Fathers Day we’ll be offering ‘Design your own Labels’ colouring for your children which can be applied to the Albourne Estate sparkling wine bottle of your choice. A unique and special gift!

Sussex Picnic Hampers will be £20 for two people. Sandwich boxes for children will also be on sale. A deposit of £10 cash will be required on the hamper baskets. Wine and bottles of water will also be available for sale.

Sussex Wineries Celebration at Albourne Estate

Sussex Wineries Celebration at Albourne Estate

  • Albourne Estate, Sussex
  • 17 Jun 2018
  • 10:30 am - 4 pm
  • No entry charge; hampers can be reserved in advance

Drop in Tastings, a Vineyard Treasure Hunt Trail and the opportunity to buy a delicious picnic hamper* of locally sourced Sussex produce to enjoy anywhere you like within the vineyard.

In addition, to celebrate Fathers Day we’ll be offering ‘Design your own Labels’ colouring for your children which can be applied to the Albourne Estate sparkling wine bottle of your choice. A unique and special gift!

Sussex Picnic Hampers will be £20 for two people. Sandwich boxes for children will also be on sale. A deposit of £10 cash will be required on the hamper baskets. Wine and bottles of water will also be available for sale.

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