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The English Wine Diaries: Episode 1 Robin Hutson

Robin Hutson, founder of The Pig Hotel Group, is one of the UK’s most successful hoteliers

Robin started working in the hospitality industry at some of London’s top luxury hotels including Claridge’s and The Berkeley, before founding his own hotel chain, Hotel du Vin, together with renowned sommelier Gerard Bassay, in 1994. 

More recently Robin founded THE PIG hotel group, which this year will open its eighth hotel in the South Downs, complete with its very own vineyard. 

Robin joins me from his home in Hampshire, where he talks to me candidly about the huge struggles the hospitality industry has had to deal with over the past year,  how the idea for Hotel Du Vin – the business he sold for £66 million in 2004 – was drawn up on a napkin and realising his life-long dream of owning his own vineyard first in Devon and now Sussex.