THE tiny Breaky Bottom vineyard at Rodmell was this week toasting a big honour.
Its sparkling brut 2008 vintage “Cuvee Princess Colonna” has been chosen by Government Hospitality for the Lancaster House cellars in St James’s, for use during the Queen’s Jubilee elebrations.
Breaky Bottom is one of the smallest commercial vineyards in England but it has established an international reputation for high quality and excellence.
Peter Hall planted the first vines in 1974 and originally made still wines. The production now is totally based on sparkling wine made in the traditional champagne style. Seyval Blanc is the still the main grape variety, with recent plantings of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The wine chosen by the government is part of the first collection of wines made completely from these classic varieties.