Introducing Hoffmann & Rathbone


We are delighted to expand our portfolio with the addition of Hoffmann & Rathbone as our second English producer. Hoffmann & Rathbone is a boutique winery handcrafting premium sparkling wines from the best selected Sussex grown grapes. All of their wines spend at least three years maturing in bottle on lees, and nothing is released until the fine flavors and delicate layers are ready. 

Three beautiful sparkling wines and 1 still dry white wine will be available in January. 

Fall Harvest in Full Swing!

I was fortunate enough to spend a day at Exton Park last week and see the harvest in full swing. I even loaded a few crates into the press! Volumes are down this year due to the spring frosts, which also led to an unusual picking pattern, needing multiple passes through the vineyard. The quality of the fruit that is there though is very good.

I was again impressed at how focused Corinne and Fred are on making wines that reflect their unique terroir, with minimal intervention and manipulation. While there, we loaded Pinot Noir to the press that was picked that morning. The pressing is very gentle, taking 2-3 hours for several tons of fruit, and the juice is kept away from oxygen to retain the freshness of the fruit.