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Former Armit Wines' marketing head joins Gusbourne in new role

Published:  26 October, 2018

Kent winery Gusbourne has appointed Jonathan White as head of marketing.

This is a new role for the estate, and represents "an exciting new chapter" as the business grows, a spokesperson said. 

White, who officially joined the company on 15 October 2018, has over 10 years of experience in the wine industry. 

He joins from Armit Wines where he was head of marketing for almost two years. He was formerly head of marketing position at Berry Bros. & Rudd during an eight-year tenure in its marketing department.

He has also worked in marketing at a range of high profile brands including BMW, Carnival Cruises and Golfbreaks.

In 2014 Andrew Weeber took over the Gusbourne Estate with the vision to create quality English Sparkling Wines. The estate focuses and grows classic Champagne grape varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

It said that its winemaking is a slow and measured process where it follows “strict, self- imposed parameters” to maintain quality standards.

In 2010, its debut vintages of Gusbourne Brut Reserve 2006 and Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs 2006 were released to critical acclaim. The winery has already received over 120 medals at local, regional and international level for its wines.

Gusbourne supplies wines for leading restaurants such as The Fat Duck, Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons and The Clove Club and are stocked by retailers including Berry Bros & Rudd, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Fortnum & Mason.

It opened its tasting room The Nest, in 2017 which visitors to the Kent countryside for tours and tastings, and to enjoy their award winning English sparkling wines.

Earlier this month, Gusbourne said it had shown “steady progress” as it reported results for the six months ended 30 June 2018.

Revenue was up 13% to £429,000 from £378,000 for the same period in 2017, while gross profit increased 25% to £268,000 from £214,000 the previous year.