There's good news for those of you who enjoy your wine - the soil around the Sussex Downs is much like that found in Champagne in France, so the area produces some of the country's finest sparkling wines. When you’re visiting the South Downs (and if you're not adverse to the odd tipple), pay a visit to one of the long-standing vineyards the area has to offer. Breaky Bottom, founded in 1974 by Peter Hall, who is still welcoming his guests in person, is definitely a top choice.
As one of the pioneers in growing and producing the clean, elegant cool-climate wines typical of the region, the reputation of his Loire-style wine has been growing irresistibly and peaked in the winning of multiple awards such as the gold medal awarded by the International Wine Challenge for their 1990 Seyval Blanc in 1993.
Today, you'll find that the vineyard has shifted its focus purely to the production of award-wining sparkling wine, for which there’s a selection of the Champagne varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier growing alongside the Seyval Blanc. Of course all of the products are available on the spot.
However, a visit to Breaky Bottom won't just tickle your palate but thanks to its stunning setting it'll also delight your eye. Take time out to explore some of the scenic countryside that surrounds the vineyard by following the rough farm track nearby and crossing the cattle grid. The isolated valley makes the perfect place to complete a memorable day out.
Please call Peter to arrange your visit on 01273 476 427.