Hoffmann & Rathbone represents a new heritage and a new philosophy in sparkling wines, founded in love, commitment and passion.
Ulrich Hoffmann brings a personal wealth of vinification and vineyard technology expertise, from an impressive international 16-year career that has taken him from the prestigious Rolf-Willy Estate in Baden-Württemberg to Chateau de Fieuzal and Chateau Haut-Gardére in Bordeaux; via Artadi in Navarra, Cain Vineyards in Napa Valley, Bolney Estate in Sussex and the Gusbourne Estate in Kent. One of the wines he crafted was served on the Royal Barge as part of Her Majesty The Queens’ Jubilee Celebration.
Ulrich believes that sparkling wine creates special occasions:
‘It is beautiful, uplifting and tastes wonderful if made well. I have always loved the process of making sparkling wines. Here in the South East, you find the perfect combination and interaction of cool climate, grape variety and soil.’
It was not only his passion for sparkling wine that finally bought Ulrich to New House Winery on the Mountfield Estate in Sussex, but a long, long-distance love affair with now wife Birgit Rathbone. The couple combined their names to begin a new heritage, a brand suffused with absolute commitment and devotion. Their wines are the culmination of many hours talking about their dreams and many years of dedicated hard work to create something truly beautiful and unique. It is the couple’s young son Henry who inspires them most in the creation of the Hoffmann & Rathbone brand.
'The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.'
~ William Blake ~