Unique boutique wines with sustainability at their core.
Part of the new renaissance in English Wine, Nutbourne is a family run boutique wine producer making award winning still and sparkling wines in the heart of West Sussex. The vineyards were established as early as 1980 by one of England's pioneering viticulturists, and the estate was subsequently bought by the Gladwin family in 1991 who remain owners to this day. In 2010, they built their own winery and cellar, and the winemaking has been overseen by Owen Elias for thirty years. Working exclusively with estate-grown fruit, the terroir at Nutbourne provides a unique and ideal wine growing environment - being planted on south facing green sand slopes, sheltered by the South Downs. The still wines are based on Germanic varieties such as Bacchus, Huxelrebe, Reichensteiner and Schönburger, while the sparkling wines are produced from Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir.
I created Wine Monkey to bring together a collection of lesser-known craft wines that celebrate sustainability, whether environmental, human, economic and/or social and to support the producers who see and care about the bigger picture.
You name it, I've done it: from marketing and brand management to retail and trade sales, wine tourism, wine education, ecommerce and, most recently sommelier, with several vintages under my belt both in the cellar and in the vineyard.
Having worked my way through the vineyards of southern Oregon, the Loire, the Languedoc, the Rhône and now the UK, I have developed a passion for "unique boutique" wines. Wine Monkey is all about bringing together and showcasing the incredible wines I've collected along the way. Get in touch to let me know what you think of my selection and to share your favorites with me. I'd love to hear from you!