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Posted by Alexander Percy on

We are delighted to be working with Nick and America Brewer at Oastbrook Estate Vineyard, to bring you some of their delicious sparkling and still white wines. 

They're in East Sussex, on what was an old Guinness hop farm. The name comes from the brook that runs past the old Oasthouse where the hops used to be dried. 

Oastbrook's story is first of all based on the hard work and passion of winemaker and owner America Brewer. America originally hails from the Bahia region of Brazil. She now finds herself very happily settled in the Sussex countryside with her husband Nick and daughter Gabby. She spends her days working the vines, alongside her faithful dog Lora, that she first planted back in 2018.

In 2016 they travelled to France and brought back Burgundian Chardonnay clones and Alsatian Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc with the specific aim of making terroir driven, single variety white wines. The Alsatian clones with their richness pair very well with the higher acidity that we find in the UK. The Chardonnay is the antithesis of the heavily oaked new world style, with its crisp chalky acidity and pure expression of fruit.