"I've come to appreciate that the best wine is made in the vineyard. The winemaker's job is to let good grapes express themselves naturally".
Peter Hall - winemaker
Breaky Bottom sits in a beautiful secluded fold in the Sussex Downs – wonderfully remote; Peter Hall planted the vineyard in 1974, seeing the potential offered by a climate similar to that of Champagne and the Loire. At the same time modern plant science was developing early-ripening varieties, and demand was emerging for clean, elegant cool-climate wines.
There are just six acres of vines, set in this peaceful valley in the South Downs National Park. The soil is a free-draining chalk loam with flint just two miles from the English Channel set in a secluded valley offering shelter from coastal winds; thus providing an ideal microclimate for vine growing. Proximity to the sea also minimises the risk of spring frost.
Breaky Bottom is a small-scale family-run business producing top quality wines that command a premium in the market. Bottlings are limited to the yield of grapes harvested each autumn. In a typical year this might amount to 10,000 bottles.
Originally Peter planted Seyval Blanc and small amounts of other varieties. Having originally made still wines, Peter planted the Champagne varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Monier. The vineyard now produces some of the country's finest traditional method English sparkling wines, with all wines being made from a single vintage. Each of the wines are named after someone special to Peter, with two cuveés being produced each year.