Robin Hutson is one of the most successful and influential hoteliers in the country. 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. The PIG in the South Downs opens this summer. Keep up to date with new openings by following @the_pig_hotels on InstagramYou can follow Robin on Twitter @robinhutsonThe Pig: Tales and Recipes from the Kitchen Garden and Beyond is out now priced at £25 and available from thepighotel.giftpro.co.ukThank you for listening to today's episode of The English Wine Diaries. If you enjoyed the podcast then please leave a rating or review and to hear future episodes as they are released, hit subscribe on your podcast listening platform.To find out who's joining me next week, follow @thesouthernquarter on Instagram and for more regular English wine news, visit thesouthernquarter.co.uk and sign up to my newsletter.