Alison Nightingale, Albourne Estate vineyard owner, has unveiled the first Sussex vermouth: an English take on the Italian favourite which is rapidly seeing a resurgence in popularity.
Named 40 after the number of botanicals with which it has been infused, this highly complex tasting white semi-dry vermouth has already won its first award in The Spirits Business Master 2017 blind-tasting competition.
As well as the regular vineyard and wine tasting tours Alison runs throughout the summer, this June - on the Father’s Day weekend - there will be a Sussex Wineries weekend of events when Albourne Estate will be open to the public.
On the Friday, there will be a pop-up cinema in its 400 year old barn, screening Sideways, with tickets including a glass of wine. And on 16th and 17th June the vineyard will be open all day for drop-in tastings, a self-guided treasure hunt trail and the chance to picnic anywhere on the vineyard with hampers full of local produce, which need to be ordered on Albourne Estate’s website prior to the event.
On the Saturday there will be a vermouth master class with Alison’s wine consultant Salvatore Leone, who helped Alison develop her recently launched vermouth.
Visit www.albourneestate.co.uk to find out more.