WISTON ESTATE, WEST SUSSEX
Wiston sparkling is set on the chalky slopes on the Goring family farm estate in Sussex. The Goring Family has stewarded Wiston Estate’s land since 1743 and it is presided over today by Harry & Pip Goring.
They farm beef, sheep and arable crops, but it was Pip Goring who had the initial idea of creating their own vineyard “No one seemed particularly interested in acres of barley and wheat, but plant a vineyard and people are fascinated,” says Harry Goring.
The winemaker is Irishman Dermot Sugrue, who grew up in Kilmallock, Co. Limerick. Dermot’s winemaking experience has seen him work in Bordeaux, at Chateau l’Eglise-Clinet, Pomerol and Chateau Leoville-Barton, St Julien, and also in Champagne for Jacquinot & Fils. He was the winemaker at Nyetimer, before moving to Wiston.
The Gorings met with Dermot Sugrue in 2006 and the perfect partnership was born: the creation of Wiston Estate sparkling wines. For Dermot Sugrue, it was the fulfilment of a dream to be in from the ground up on a new English sparkling wine operation. Dermot has an unwavering commitment to purity and a desire to express the terroir of the vineyard.
Wiston Brut NV is a perfectly balanced wine, made up of the three classic varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier in equal parts. A refreshing, elegant and complete English Sparkling wine, with a fine complex finish that combines youthful purity of fruit with more mature characters from long lees-aging.