Redfold Vineyards are situated overlooking West Sussex’s beautiful South Downs, with Ambriel being made from grapes grown on what used to be a hill used for grazing sheep. Owner Wendy Outhwaite, former barrister and QC, strives to produce wines which reflect the particular characteristics of their soil and climate, or ‘terroir’.
Charles and Wendy built their own state of the art winery adjacent to the vineyard, to which the grapes are taken immediately after being picked. Unusually, Redfold only vinify grapes that they have grown, and don’t have any contract winemaking in order to offset their start-up costs. The wines really are solely from the South Downs.
Redfold concentrate on sparkling wines, as is typical of many of the English wine producers, using the Traditional Method and produced from the classic champagne grape varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. They may be fairly new to the English wine world, but Redfold have already won silver at the IWC awards, perhaps due to the fact that, in their own words, ‘our wines are unapologetically English – and they taste divine!’