Month: June, 2023

A finger to the wind: optimism

As we celebrate our 325th anniversary, we asked industry specialists to ponder the potential changes to come for the wine and spirits industry. Here, we examine their causes for optimism, looking ahead.  Between rising duty, increasing weather extremes and wildfires, it can be hard to view the wine and spirits industry’s future optimistically. What then […]

Experiments in English sparkling wine

Having planted its first vines in 2004, Gusbourne is a stalwart of the English wine world. Renowned for its vintage sparkling wines, Gusbourne’s winemakers continue to experiment with new techniques and ideas. Here, Alexandra Gray de Walden delves into this Kentish Aladdin’s cave of yeasts, tanks and latitude. The quiet country lanes of Kenardington are […]

Berry Bros. & Rudd then and now: the role of the merchant

As we celebrate our 325th anniversary this year, we’ve been looking at what has changed in those three centuries. Examining various parts of our business, we explore how things are different now and what we might see in the future.   In the second part of this series, Henrietta Gullifer explores the role of the merchant […]

Of Kentish tales and sparkling wines

We recently visited the vineyards of Gusbourne to meet old friends and taste new wines. In glorious spring sunshine, we delved into the estate’s storied past and discussed what the future might bring. Here, we take you behind the scenes at one of England’s most exciting fine wine producers.   We drive through quaint, red-bricked villages, down […]