Albourne Estate

FEATURE KEY

  • Accommodation
  • Online Shop
  • Tours Available
  • Venue Hire
  • Vineyard Trail
  • 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

  • Vineyard Trail

SHOP TYPE

  • Order Collection Only

GET INVOLVED

  • Experiences
  • Help with Harvest
  • Volunteer

ACCOMMODATION

  • Glamping
  • 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.

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