Gusbourne: Stories

At Gusbourne, the goal is simple: to create the finest wines in the world. A deep respect for nature, and uncompromising quest for quality and a fastidious approach to detail is at the heart of everything at Gusbourne. The vineyards, planted in 2004 are predominantly Burgundian clones. All grapes used are sourced solely estate vineyards. A combination of the best age-old traditions with modern technology and cutting-edge equipment allows Gusbourne to sit comfortably between old and new world winemaking, while at the same time bringing exacting quality standards to the process. Respect for the vineyards, the fruit and the natural elements involved in winemaking results in an approach that favors minimal intervention. In 2010 the debut vintages of Gusbourne Brut 2006 & Blanc de Blanc 2006 were released to critical acclaim.

YEAR FOUNDED: The original Gusbourne Estate dates back to 1410. The Estate as we know it today was purchased in 2004 with vines planted the same year.

PROPRIETORS: Andrew Weeber

WINEMAKERS: Charlie Holland

SIZE OF PROPERTY: 61 ha (152 acres) at Gusbourne Estate in Kent, 32 ha (80 acres) in West Sussex

TERROIR: The Gusbourne Estate in Kent is a low lying Coastal escarpment with vines planted from 5m above sea level up to 35m. The prevailing soil type is a clay loam over clay and sandstone. The West Sussex vineyard sites, also on low, coastal escarpements (one third of production) are planted on Chalk and Flint soils.

ANNUAL PRODUCTION: 10,000 9L cases

VARIETIES CULTIVATED: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier