Jonathan Ray wends his way through the winelands of Sussex

The Spectator’s Jonathan Ray spends the weekend in the winelands of Sussex and visits Ambriel. Read all about it:

He says: ‘The wines of Ambriel (the brand name of Redfold Vineyards near Pulborough) are, quite simply, stunning. There are four in the range: the Classic Cuvée, the Blanc de Noirs, the English Rosé and the English Reserve Demi-Sec, a stupendous sweet sparkler, perfect for late spring/early summer evenings in the garden. Only fruit grown on the estate (first planted in 2008) goes into Ambriel’s wines and they make around 60,000 bottles a year. Tastings and tours are by appointment only – not because Charles and Wendy Outhwaite are stand-offish, far from it, you’ll get the warmest of welcomes – but because they and the winemaker might otherwise be busy about the vineyard. You are welcome, though, simply to pitch up and buy some bottles at the cellar door and to enjoy the striking views from the winery across to Chanctonbury Ring and the South Downs.’