Former Gusbourne CEO making English wine in qvevri

31st October, 2017 by Lucy Shaw

Ben Walgate, the former chief executive of Gusbourne in Kent, is working on his own biodynamic project in Sussex that includes natural wines aged in Georgian qvevri.

Gusbourne’s former CEO, Ben Walgate, has branched out with his own natural wine project in East Sussex

As reported by Doug Wregg in The Buyer, Walgate is working with Ortega bought from local growers near his farm in Peasmarsh, East Sussex.

He chose Ortega due to its aromatic character and the fact that it ripens well in Sussex. The grapes are de-stemmed and food trodden twice a day for four days.

Ready to be buried. Photo credit: Les Caves de Pyrène

The juice is then pressed off its skin and the qvevri are filled….

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