Produces top quality organic sparkling & rosé wines from vines grown exclusively in the Surrey Hills.
At Albury Organic Vineyard our local wine is produced using only organic grapes grown exclusively in our own Surrey Hills vineyard.
We aim to produce the finest quality organic sparkling and rosé wines from vines grown exclusively in the Surrey Hills.
The vineyard was established in May 2009 with an initial planting of around 8,500 vines, mainly the traditional Champagne varietals of Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. A further 12,600 vines were planted in May 2010.
The site is on the southern slopes of the North Downs near Guildford in an area of outstanding natural beauty, on terrain very similar to the Champagne area in France. The vineyard itself is bordered by the Pilgrims Way and the beautiful Silent Pool, which is a lake of crystal clear water. Nearby is the local beauty spot of Newlands Corner with superb views of the local countryside.
Albury Organic Sparkling
English sparkling wine is now recognised as better than many Champagnes, having won numerous international awards.
Albury Estate Sparkling wine will be a premium organic bubbly made using the same method as Champagne. Secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle for a minimum of two years which gives the wine its fizz and character.
Silent Pool Rosé
We made our first wine in 2011, which is a still rosé wine made exclusively from hand-picked organic Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes. It is elegant and crisp with fresh summer fruit flavours. We will buck the trend of increasingly higher alcohol levels, our still rosé wine will be no more than 11% Alc.
Albury Vineyard Wine Club
Albury Vineyard have just launched a wine club for local wine and food lovers who are interested in English wines, particularly those produced by Albury Organic Vineyard.
The club aims to provide an insight into UK viticulture, as well as the inside story of what’s going on at the vineyard. Members will have an early opportunity to buy the wine at discounted prices and be the first to receive invitations to wine and food events being held at the vineyard.
Membership is priced at just £60/year per person.
Albury Organic Vineyard
Albury Vineyard Wins Producer of the Year in the Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards 2016
Residents of Surrey spent months casting their votes for some of the county’s favourite foodie hotspots in the Surrey Life Magazine’s Food and Drink Awards. The results were announced in a lavish awards ceremony held at Foxhills, and Albury Vineyard has been judged Producer of the Year!
Following the event, Surrey Life judge Kenneth Bare explained why Albury beat hundreds of other excellent producers to win the coveted award:
“Any business can make life difficult for itself, but by choosing to establish Albury Organic Vineyard as not just organic but also biodynamic, Nick Wenman and his team have positioned themselves in a very specific part of the English wine scene. It’s working! The products look and taste good, and they are appearing in lots of local pubs, restaurants and retailers – as well as more distant, premium locations such as Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. With other nearby producers, there is also the vision of turning the area into a local food and drink hub – a brilliant opportunity for Surrey artisan producers.”
Vineyard owner Nick Wenman, his daughter Lucy Letley and vineyard manager Alex Valsecchi were thrilled to accept their award on the night, following a nerve-wracking wait for the results to be announced.
“We are absolutely delighted and so proud to have won the Producer of the Year category at the Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards! We are a small team and work really hard to make great wines so it's fantastic to be recognised in this way. We really enjoyed the awards ceremony - it felt like we were at the Oscars! We had a great evening celebrating the award and it was lovely to see so many of our Surrey customers who had also been nominated for awards. We were up against stiff competition in the Producer of the Year category with The Art of Curry and Briscoes Jellies also nominated as finalists, so when our name was called as the winner we were over the moon. Thank you to everyone who voted for us and we hope that winning the award will help spread the word about English wines. Why drink Champagne when you can find top quality English sparkling produced right here in Surrey!” (Vineyard Owner Nick Wenman)
Albury Vineyard, located in the beautiful Surrey Hills just outside of Guildford, produces still and sparkling organic wines of the highest quality. The vineyard comprises 21,000 vines spanning 12 acres across the North Downs. Nick believes that key to the success of the wines is the vineyard’s commitment to organic and biodynamic principles. Albury is one of only a handful of organic vineyards in England.
The first vintage of Albury’s award-winning Silent Pool Rosé was served on board the Royal barge to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, and their Albury Estate sparkling wines have won no less than five gold and silver awards at international competitions including Decanter and IWC this year. Demand is soaring for Albury wines with many restaurants both in the local area and further afield now featuring them on their wines lists. Albury supplies wine to Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir Aux’Quat Saisons, Tom Kerridge’s Hand and Flowers in Marlow, and Fera at Claridges. Recently, Chez Bruce in Wandsworth became the latest Michelin starred establishment to serve Albury Estate sparkling.
Albury Wine Club Membership
The Albury Wine Club is for local wine and food lovers who are interested in English wines, particularly those produced by Albury Organic Vineyard. The membership runs from 1st May 2016 to 30th April 2017 (the vineyard year).
A complimentary bottle of the award winning Silent Pool Rosé and a bottle of Albury Estate Classic Cuvée*
A family-friendly members' event at the vineyard in May featuring vineyard tours with owner Nick and vineyard manager Alex, talks from our winemaker and bee keeper (including tastings of Albury Honey), first tastings of our new releases including Silent Pool Rosé 2015 and Albury Estate Sparklings prior to their general release, lunch on the vineyard with a glass of wine and activities for children
15% discount on all wines purchased direct from the vineyard
An invitation to participate in a members-only 'green harvest' in August/September and sample some products of the 'vertjus' including grape cordials made by an award-winning local chef **
The opportunity to get involved in the harvest in October/November
An invitation to the harvest party at the end of the year
10% discount on tickets for other vineyard events
Regular email updates giving you the inside track on what's happening at the vineyard
* Joint membership can be purchased for an additional cost but the wine allocation is per couple
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