This October we will be hosting a special evening at Pelham House Hotel to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 6 acre Breaky Bottom Vineyard which is located in nearby Rodmell in a fold in the South Downs, about 5 miles from Lewes.
We will toast the occasion with specially prepared canapés, award winning Breaky Bottom bubbly and a skilfully prepared three course menu.
2nd October 2014 at 7.30pm
£27.50 per person
We expect this event to be popular so please book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
To reserve, contact us on 01273 488600 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment should be made at the time of booking.
Oz Clarke in BBC Countryfile Magazine said
"There's no more beautiful vineyard in Britain than Breaky Bottom"
The 6 acre vineyard, started in 1974 by Peter Hall at a time when there were only a dozen or so growers in the whole country. He came to realise that there was potential for grape growing and winemaking in the south of the UK where the climate is very similar to that of the near continent (The Loire, Champagne and much of Germany). Modern plant breeding and selection meant that early ripening varieties were becoming available and the demand for clean, elegant cool-climate wines was growing.
The vineyard now produces sparkling wines following the Méthode Champenoise to achieve a high quality Sparkling Brut. Including the classic Champagne varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
Peter always had strong links with good wine and food which encouraged him to take the undoubted risk of making wine in the UK. He had a French mother who was a fine cook and his grandfather had been a famous restaurateur in Soho before the First World War, with a fabulous cellar. Wine had always been part of their family life.
Although Breaky Bottom is a small scale family-run business it is able to produce top quality wines which have gained a reputation for excellence and which command a premium in the sparkling wine and Champagne market. Attention to detail is essential. Care of the soil and the vines ensures that only clean ripe fruit are harvested in the autumn, allowing the full expression of terroir unique to each vineyard. Over the years investments have been made in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and a cellar, both crucial for quality wine-making.
The sparkling wine is well regarded by many of the leading wine critics and journalists. Oz Clarke in BBC Countryfile Magazine said "There's no more beautiful vineyard in Britain than Breaky Bottom." In Harpers Wine Magazine he wrote "The wine I'm fondest of and feel emotionally closest to is Breaky Bottom. It's a lovely, maverick, emotional, romantic, joyous, individual original, just a one-off." The vineyard was filmed for the BBC series 'Drink to Britain' with Oz and James May.
Breaky Bottom has appeared in the Top Ten of English wines in Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book for over 20 years. In November 2013 the International Wine and Spirit Competition short-listed Breaky Bottom for 'Best UK Wine Producer' award. The vineyard supplies the government cellars at Lancaster House. It is served at official functions including the Queen's Jubilee and the Olympic celebrations in 2012.
Visits are by appointment and can usually be made at short notice.
Did you know?
You can organise a visit to the Breaky Bottom vineyard - come and see for yourself. Please phone 01273 476 427 to arrange your visit
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