In 2014 co-founders, Kristina Studzinski and Ann-Marie Tynan, discovered suitable vine-growing land and established ‘Off The Line’ on a wonderful, south-facing site on the lower slopes of the Weald in East Sussex. The vision: to grow grapes and make original English rosé wines on site in a modern, purpose-built winery. Wines that stand out from the crowd in style, appearance and quality.
That vision has been realised. They are proud, pioneers of award winning original, English rosé wines both still and sparkling.
They chose the name ‘Off The Line’ as the vineyard is adjacent to the Cuckoo Trail, formerly a railway line nicknamed the Cuckoo Line. In the spring, Cuckoos return here to nest and can often be heard calling.
“Making wine is a combination of what nature provides, human endeavour and a good understanding of science and technology. You need to be dedicated and driven while keeping faith that the vines will reward your endeavours” – Kristina
“Labels matter. Wine making is fun so we have fun with our labels. Every year is different which gives a unique quality, a personality to each wine. Our labels reflect that.” – Ann-Marie
Both are committed to doing their utmost to preserve our natural environment and, wherever they can, to enhance it. They are more than a business; they are a place within the countryside and part of a community respecting the environment at all times.
Made from 85% Pinot noir grapes with the rest from Regent and Rodo grown at Off the Line Vineyard in East Sussex, and vinified at the on-site winery. The fruit was whole-bunched pressed and aged in stainless steel tanks with lees stirring.
Try with Rye Bay scallops, Chichester Lobster or Eastbourne’s tamarind infused halloumi with lemon and herb quinoa!