The Wiston Estate has been owned and managed by the Goring family since 1743. Its 6000 acres straddle the chalky slopes of the South Downs and the flat clay soils of the weald. Sussex beef herds, grazing sheep and arable crops have been part of the Estate landscape for centuries but it was not until Pip arrived that the ancient Roman idea of planting vineyards in Sussex became a reality for Wiston. The Vineyard is situated on the South facing chalk slopes of the South Downs. We planted in 2006 with the traditional varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and it spreads across 16 acres. It is sited on a periglacial dry river valley on the Upper Cretaceous Chalk, which closely resembles the physical and chemical composition of the world renowned Côte de Blancs (Champagne). Since arriving in England in 1972 Pip had always wanted to plant a vineyard. Having grown up in Cape Town the site of mountains and rows of vines had become a familiar one. She dreamed of seeing this in her new home of Sussex. Pip is as passionate about it now as she ever was. Her great dream of gathering people around a table in a vineyard, with family and friends, became a reality during the harvest of 2008 and she continues to dream and leads us on. There are no herbicides sprayed on the soil, which enables the microbiological activity to thrive.
The flagship of the Non-Vintage range the NV Brut is made up of the three classic varieties in almost equal measure (34% Chardonnay 33% Pinot Noir 33% Pinot Meunier) It is dry, toasty and complex with plenty of refreshing acidity. This offers us a balanced wine combining delicate primary fruits, zest and a characterful richness. As good as many a Champagne we have tried. But the main reason is because the bubbly is irresistibly delicious!