Robin Hutson, founder of The Pigs and chairman of Home Grown Hotels, has planted the group’s first vineyard at The Pig in the South Downs, which is due to open next year.
The new addition is situated in the two-acre South West facing field directly in front what will become the main restaurant of the hotel, in land previously used for grazing alpacas.
4,000 vines have been planted from chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier together with a small quantity of a ‘secret experimental variety’.
The vineyard could then yield up to 4,000 bottles of sparkling wine or 6,000 bottles of still wine.
The project is designed for the long-term, with the first harvest unlikely before 2022.
The Pigs’ own team of kitchen gardeners, headed up by Ollie Hutson and Alex Coutts, together with input from the wine team in particular Luke from The Pig at Bridge Place, are all involved in nurturing the vines and eventually creating the wines.
Robin says “I can’t wait to taste that first glass, albeit a couple of years away yet. The investment further endorses our complete commitment to home grown, to local produce and to local contractors. We will post regular updates from the vineyard as we progress. Wish us luck!”
The Pig in the South Downs is due to open early summer 2021. It will be the eighth Pig in the litter. The Pig at Harlyn Bay will open later this year.