Vineyard celebrates gold medals hat-trick

Pip and Harry Goring with the Wiston Estate Ros� and Blanc de Blancs S35555H14
Pip and Harry Goring with the Wiston Estate Ros� and Blanc de Blancs S35555H14

WISTON Estate is celebrating a haul of medals, including golds at this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards, Sommelier Wine Awards and The Drinks Business’ inaugural Rose Global Masters competition.

The star performer, Wiston Estate Rosé 2011, was one of only three wines awarded gold among the 102 UK sparkling wines entered into the Decanter awards.

It was judged as ‘rich, refined and very appealing’.

At the Rose Global Masters, the Wiston Rosé scored the second highest in the competition and was one of only two English sparkling wines to win gold in the £30-plus category.

Wiston was also awarded a silver medal in the in the Sommelier awards competition, for the Wiston Estate NV Blanc de Blancs.

Winemaker Dermot Sugrue uses grapes grown at Harry and Pip Goring’s Findon Park Farm and a traditional Coquard press, the only one of its kind in use in the UK.

He explained: “Gentle pressing enables extraction of the very highest quality.

“This is at the heart of our winemaking philosophy, to maximise the purity of the juice at pressing, followed by minimum intervention in the winemaking process, so the wine can best reflect its vineyard’s origin.”

The Wiston Estate, covering 6,000 acres on the South Downs, has been owned and managed by the Goring family since 1743.

But it is South African born Pip who is the driving force behind the vineyard and it was her efforts that brought the rosé to fruition.

She said: “We are completely thrilled to have our wines recognised in this way.

“I have long dreamed of having a vineyard in this very special place.

“We feel like it has taken years to get to the party but now we’re here, we want everyone to really enjoy it. Dermot has done a fantastic job.”

Pip first arrived in 1972 and always said the estate, on the chalky slopes, was the perfect spot for a vineyard.

In true English fashion, though, Harry thought it best to consider the options – which they did for 34 years.

Finally, in 2006, a vineyard plot was selected and planted with traditional varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier across 16 acres. lt lies on a periglacial dry river valley on the upper cretaceous chalk, closely resembling the physical and chemical composition of the Côte de Blancs in Champagne.

The Wiston Estate Rosé 2011, which retails at £35.95, was made in a year when conditions were perfect – a particularly warm September combined with low yields.

Pip said it was touch and go at first, as the early summer had been extremely wet, but in the end, the grapes grew plump and she encouraged Dermot to create the award-winning Rosé. Visit for more information.