Albury Organic Vineyard is situated on the southern slopes of the North Downs in the beautiful Surrey Hills, just outside Guildford on the A25 towards Dorking.
The vines are the traditional Champagne varietals of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier as well as some Seyval and Pinot Gris. We will be producing English wine of the highest quality; a still Rosé first released in 2012 and a sparkling wines which will be available for sale for the summer of 2015.
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.
The vineyard is privately owned by Nick Wenman who lives in Albury near to the vineyard. It is managed by Alex Valsecchi who until recently was at at RHS Wisley responsible for the Orchard, Nursery, Model Fruit Area and the Vineyard. Alex has extensive experience in Vineyard Management having created the vineyard at Wisley following several years practical experience working on vineyards in New Zealand.
The following consultants are providing us with expert advice:
Stephen Skelton MW
Stephen is a consultant to the English wine industry and is involved with planting vineyards for the production of sparkling wine. Since 1986 he has written and lectured widely on English wine and has published four guides to UK vineyards. In 2001 he won the André Simon award for ‘Wine Book of the Year’.
John Buchan – Agronomist
John runs his own business, John Buchan Agronomy, focusing on all aspects of vineyard agronomy, from site selection to full growing programmes. More recently John has specialised in organic and biodynamic vineyards.
Laverstoke Park Farm – Organic Microbiology
Soil biology is often neglected in viticulture but is critical to a healthy vineyard environment and quality grape production. Laverstoke Park Farm which is a 2000 acre bio-dynamic farm in Hampshire owned by the former racing driver Jodi Scheckter. It has established the only licensed Soil Foodweb Laboratory in Europe and their lab studies the activity of different groups of beneficial micro-organisms in the soil.
Rural Development Programme
The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) is funded by Defra and the EU. The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD): Europe investing in rural areas.