Oastbrook Estate in Sussex is gearing up for an entertaining Christmas, with a selection of elegant wines to pop open and enjoy with your bubble, and gorgeous gifts for your nearest and dearest.
Neighbours of Bodiam Castle in Sussex, Oastbrook Estate is run by America Brewer. In 2013, after returning to England following seven years in Hong Kong, she and her partner Nick bought the estate, which was formerly a Guinness hop farm. America studied Viticulture & Winemaking at Plumpton College and has planted vineyards growing different varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meurnier, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. Her first release was Oastbrook’s 2014 Sparkling Rosé.
From spring through to late autumn, Oastbrook Estate is open for vineyard tours for visitors seeking a wine experience, which incorporates a tasting of the wines paired with local cheeses.
The boutique producer’s online shop invites wine lovers to browse and discover Oastbrook’s award-winning still and sparkling English wines. From single bottles to mixed tasting cases, delivery is nationwide so that you can send a little slice of Sussex around the UK to friends on Santa’s good list.
A wine gift sure to impress
Owner and winemaker America Brewer’s first cuvée – the sophisticated Oastbrook Sparkling Rosé 2014 – is made from a blend of Pinot Noir and Auxerrois grapes. This pretty pink wine is packed with expressive red fruit and aromas, revealing juicy cherry and blackberry flavours. Shellfish, smoked salmon, parmesan cheese and white fish all match wonderfully with these Sussex bubbles, which make a spectacular treat to wrap up for Christmas – or even to save for yourself!
Oastbrook Sparkling Rosé 2014, £38
A vineyard experience to share
Oastbrook is next to Bodiam Castle in the beautiful countryside of south-east England, where Wine Tasting & Vineyard Tours take place from spring to October. Book ahead and look forward to a wine experience you can share amongst the vines or give the generous gift of Oastbrook vouchers.
Every tour includes a couple of hours with your very own winemaker guide, America, taking in the stunning boutique vineyards and organic farmland. Share in America’s viticultural experience and hear her stories of the history and terroir at Oastbrook. Each experience rounds off with a tasting of Oastbrook wines in the heart of the picturesque Estate with complimentary handmade local cheese, biscuits and chutney.
Oastbrook Estate Tour & Tasting, £25pp
A sparkling stocking filler
Oastbrook’s exclusively styled sparkling wine stopper is an essential accessory to preserve the wine fun at Christmas, ensuring that fizz stays fresh in the fridge. This also makes a quintessentially cute collectible for any wine enthusiast, £8.50.