Olly Smith to be guest at Breaky Bottom’s 40th anniversary in Lewes

Olly Smith
Olly Smith

Wine journalist Olly Smith and poet John Argard are guests at a gourmet dinner being held to mark the 40th anniversary of Breaky Bottom vineyard near Lewes.

Pelham House is staging the dinner on October 2 when press and trade guests will be welcomed from 6pm to 7.15pm and pre dinner drinks will commence at 7:30pm.

Breaky Bottom is an isolated farmstead set in a beautiful secluded valley in the South Downs near Lewes.

Peter Hall planted the vines in 1974 when there were only about a dozen vineyards in the UK.

The vineyard’s reputation was established with elegant still Loire-style wines made from Seyval Blanc.

More recently the classic Champagne grapes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier have also been planted, however Seyval Blanc is still the principal variety.

Since 2004 the vineyard produces 100 per cent sparkling wines following the Méthode Champenoise.

Breaky Bottom is served at official Government receptions and was selected as part of the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympic celebrations.

The wine is highly regarded by many of the leading wine critics and Breaky Bottom has appeared in the Top Ten of English wines in Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book for the past 20 years. Oz Clark said: “The wine I’m fondest of and feel emotionally closest to is Breaky Bottom. It’s a lovely, maverick, emotional, romantic, joyous, individual original, just a one-off!”

Tickets from Pelham House at £27.50 a head, three courses and a glass of wine. Call 01273 488600.