The Duke of Kent will visit Albury Vineyard tomorrow, the day before his cousin, the Queen’s, 90th birthday.
He will meet the team, taste the sparkling and still organic wines produced there as well as observe the vineyards. This award-winning vineyard comprises 21,000 vines spanning 12 acres across the North Down in the Surrey hills outside Guildford.
The first vintage of Albury’s Silent pool Rosé award-winning wine was served during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 on the Royal Barge. It was the only Surrey wine to win the gold award in the UKVA competition in 2015.
The vineyard hosts wine tasting events. You can order online or purchase wine directly from the vineyard itself. There is a wine club membership, which is currently open to new members for 2016.
The vineyard’s owner, Nick Wenman said: “We are incredibly excited that HRH The Duke of Kent is visiting Albury Vineyard. We are looking forward to showing him how we grow our organic vines and telling him about our naturally produced award-winning wines. We are proud to be part of the rapidly expanding English wine industry.”
Mr. Wenman believes the wines success is because of the vineyard’s commitment to utilising bio-dynamic and organic principles when producing its wines. Albury is one of a few organic vineyards in England.
According to the Albury website on their grape-growing process: “The vines are the traditional Champagne varietals of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, as well as some Seyval and Pinot Gris.
“We are committed to producing organic fruit without the use of chemicals such as herbicides and fungicides. Whilst copper and sulphur are permitted in organic vineyards we minimise their use. We also use compost teas, which improve the biology of the soil and biodynamic preparations. We believe that this approach, encouraging the natural biology of the land, will produce premium fruit and therefore great wine.”