Court Garden Vineyard & Winery

About

Court Garden is a family-run, single-estate vineyard and winery in East Sussex. We are passionate about the grapes we grow and the wine we make. In recent years, that passion has been rewarded with numerous national and international awards; this year we are the proud winners of, among others, two silvers at Effervescents du Monde in Dijon, and two golds at the International Wine Challenge.

Location Description

Located in the lea of the South Downs, in Ditchling, East Sussex.

Features

  • English Traditional Quality Sparkling Wine.

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History

Court Gardens Farm has a long history of farming. In Saxon times the farm was known as the Manor of Ditchling Garden, from the middle ages to the reformation it was held by the monks at the priory in Lewes. After a short spell owned by the crown the farm became known as Court Garden. The farm appears on one of the earliest maps of Sussex, Yeakell and Gardner's map of 1778-1783, just to the north of Ditchling. Not much has changed in the landscape since then.

Practices & Techniques

Our sparkling wines are all made using traditional grape varieties and bottle fermentation, where long ageing on the lees adds to the complexity of the flavour. We have also recently released our very limited stock of a still Rosé; our 2013 Ditchling Rosé, a delicate blend of Rondo, Dornfelder, Pinot Gris and Ortega.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

The vineyard was established in the spring of 2005 on a beautiful south-facing slope with the South Downs as a backdrop, and is now one of the more charming vineyards in England producing exceptional quality Sparkling and Still Wines.

Awards

Court Garden Classic Cuvée 2009: UKVA 2012 Bronze, SEWA 2012 Bronze

Court Garden Classic Cuvée 2010: UKVA 2013 Silver, Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 Bronze, International Wine Challenge 2014 Commended

Court Garden Blanc de Blancs 2010: UKVA 2013 Gold, Sommelier Wine Awards 2014 Gold, Effervescents du Monde 2013 Silver, International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014 Bronze

Court Garden Blanc de Noirs 2010: UKVA 2013 Silver, Sommelier Wine Awards 2014 Commended, Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 Commended, International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014 Silver, International Wine Challenge 2014 Bronze

Court Garden Rosé 2010: UKVA 2013 Silver, Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 Bronze, International Wine Challenge 2014 Commended

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Hours

Morning tours start at 11:00am and afternoon tours at 3:00pm.

Address

Orchard Lane
Ditchling, East Sussex BN6 8TH
United Kingdom

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