Gusbourne has announced that it will expand its holdings with 57 acres of new vines in 2020. This will bring its total West Sussex acreage up to 136.
The sparkling wine estate has 152 acres at its original home of Appledore, Kent, first planted in 2004. It expanded into West Sussex in 2013.
CEO and head winemaker Charlie Holland said: “Expanding our vineyard holdings in West Sussex gives us the opportunity to increase production, as well as the flexibility to blend from a wider selection of high-quality fruit, as we seek to make the finest sparkling wines.”
Vineyard manager Jon Pollard, who has been with Gusbourne since its foundation in 2004, said of the new opportunities the new plantings represent: “The predominantly chalk soils in West Sussex provide elegance and structure, drive and energy, whereas the clay and sand in our unique microclimate in Kent supply the power, intensity and sheer weight of rich, ripe fruit.”