Award-winning Bluebell Vineyard Estates, in Furners Green, celebrated ten years of sparkling success at the weekend.
The vineyard, home to more than 100,000 vines growing premium quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Seyval Blanc, held an event which included a tour and tasting session for invited guests.
Those present included Wealden MP Nus Ghani, the chairman of Wealden District Council, Cllr Barby Dashwood-Morris, and customers, neighbours and friends of Bluebell Vineyard.
The estate, which is near the Bluebell Railway and Sheffield Park, was formerly a pig farm and has grown from ten acres to 70 acres under vine. It is now one of the largest vineyards in the UK.
Award-winning vintage wines, including the Bluebell Vineyard Brut Rose, Classic Cuvee and Blanc de Blancs, were among those tasted at the event on Saturday. Also available was a limited release of 2007 Blanc de Blancs from the vineyard’s first harvest, which has undergone extended ageing.
Joyce Tay, one of the founders of Bluebell vineyard Estates said: “It’s been quite a decade. What started out as a hobby, a passion for wine and a love and knowledge of the land has turned into the biggest adventure, and biggest challenge of our lives.
“Being at the mercy of the English weather keeps the whole team on their toes, but it’s worth it when you taste the wines that have been produced.”
Bluebell’s sparkling wines are hand-crafted using the ‘methode traditionelle’, which is used to produce Champagne.
The estate prides itself on focussing on quality and a meticulous attention to detail in the vineyard and winery and has won more than 40 national and international awards since its first release in 2007.
Bluebell Vineyard is now open to the public for tours, tastings and events and the estate has plans to produce a range of still wines to complement the sparking wines.
Joyce added: “Our anniversary celebration event is an opportunity to thank everyone who has supported the vineyard in our first decade.
“It is because of our customers, neighbours, family and friends, along with our local pubs and hotels, who have championed us from the start, that we have been a success. We look forward to the next ten years.”
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