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What are the Winery Notes?

The Breaky Bottom winery notes are produced by Peter Hall regulary. They describe many aspects of life at Breaky Bottom, and give the reader a fascinating insight into the workings of an English vineyard.

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December
2016 
Winery Notes December 2016
Every year attracts a surprising and eclectic mix of visitors to the vineyard, and this year was no exception. Most memorable perhaps was a...

December
2015 
Winery Notes December 2015
As a winemaker I take pleasure in the fact that every season is different and this year has been no exception...

December
2014 
Winery Notes 2014
We have had a wonderful season this year, prolonged sunshine through the middle of the summer followed by rain in August to swell...

December
2012 
The Ups and Downs of 2012
It's hard to know how to balance, in a few short sentences, the ups and downs of this year. Maybe I should start with a good up-story...

April
2011 
The Secret Supper
TV presenter and wine writer Olly Smith is presenting a new series called, 'The Secret Supper Club'. It aims to catch the spirit of what he describes as 'the secret, underground dining movement', by combining great food and wine...

December
2010 
A Winter Landscape
Deep snow last week left Breaky Bottom briefly cut off from the rest of the world, yet had we chosen we could have walked along the track and out of our valley. That would always have been so...

February
2010 
A Short Winery Note
There was a really nice piece in the Saturday 27th February Telegraph about Breaky Bottom. It was written by Jonathan Ray, the paper's wine columnist.

November
2009 
A Most Wonderful Harvest
The 2009 grape harvest was as good as any I have seen in 33 years. The first was back in 1976 after a very dry summer, a small crop but with spotlessly clean ripe fruit...

June
2009 
Breaky Bottom Selected for Prestigious Occasion
The new release Sparkling 2006 Cuvée John Inglis Hall was served as the reception wine at the RAF's Halton House in Buckinghamshire last week...

May
2009 
The Most Beautiful Vineyard in the Country
Oz Clarke, writing in the May issue of BBC's Countryfile magazine, describes Breaky Bottom as the most beautiful vineyard in the country, making one of England's greatest sparkling wines...............read on!

December
2008 
December Winery Notes
While the global economy is in a mess, I allow myself a childhood flashback…

July
2008 
July Winery Notes
I always promise myself I will write more Winery Notes to keep you better informed but still I allow time to slip by……

December
2007 
December Winery Notes
I often seem to arrive at the month of December a little out of breath, just in time to post a Winery Note before Christmas and this year is no exception. But, I tell myself, it's good to be busy, making wine, beginning the...

June
2007 
Cuvée Alex Mercier Sparkling
The Breaky Bottom 2003 sparkling 'Cuvée Alex Mercier' had a nice mention in The Independent of 4 April 2007, under 'The Ten Best British wines'. The wine is...

December
2006 
A Wonderful Vintage
The grape harvest this year has been one of the finest I have known. Spring was cool and budburst late but when the weather finally warmed up it stayed that way and the vines caught up with the calendar. Late June and early July were...

December
2005 
Christmas Winery Notes
As the years go by I am able to recall each vintage, usually attaching to something particular that marks the season and allows it to sit in the memory. There were two such events this year...

September
2005 
Kir Royal
For some time I have been considering the possibility of creating a Kir Royal 'in-the-bottle'. Home mixed Kir and Kir Royal often disappoints, usually because...


March
2005 
Rick Stein's Food Heroes of Britain and a new Book by Stuart Pigott...
The new Rick Stein Guide to the Food Heroes of Britain is published on the 17th March 2005. I am pleased to announce that Breaky Bottom is again listed in the second edition of his directory of the best food producers in Great Britain and Ireland...


December
2004
 
New Wine Cellar, New Plantings, Harvest...
I apologise for the long silence. I see that I last posted Winery Notes about a year ago, a short piece announcing the success of the 1999 Cuvée Rémy Alexandre sparkling wine at the English Wine Festival. It was awarded the top prize as Best Wine of the Show. Sales of this wine are stronger than ever and...

September
2003
 
Breaky Bottom Best Of Show
A piece of good news from the Vineyard!
On the 6th & 7th September the English Wine Festival was held at The Bently Wildfowl Trust, just north of Lewes in East Sussex...

June
2003
A Wonderful Time Of The Year
Welcome to the Breaky Bottom Winery Notes. These early June days seem pleasant enough, with reasonable temperatures and a sweet softness in the air after some light rain. The world is full of beautiful places but I am not to be seduced away from these long summer evenings and the song of the blackbird in my garden. The vines are looking good and...

November
2002
 
Moving Back
We have been surprised at how long it has taken to recover from the floodings of October 2000. Having spent 25 months in a caravan whilst the house was being reconstructed, we have finally moved back this November.

Summer
2002
Chardonnay
Soon after I planted the vineyard at Breaky Bottom I set up an experimental vineyard to trial other vine varieties. My choice was to look at all the varieties which grow along the 600 mile length of the Loire, from Muscadet in the West to the great Sauvignon Blanc of Sancerre and Pouilly Fume. I included varieties such as...

December
2001
Breaking The Silence
These are the first Winery Notes you have received for over a year. I apologise for this long silence. Many of you will already know of the flooding at Breaky Bottom which started in October 2000...

Summer
2000

Wine Celler
People who have visited Breaky Bottom will know that I make wine in a fine early Ninteenth Century Sussex Flint Barn. It is tall enough to house large stainless steel...

World Wide Web
Since June 2000 Breaky Bottom has a website. Tony Nisbett and Charlie Wiltshire of Helmstone Communications Ltd. have designed and produced the site...