English Wine Week 20th-28th June 2020

A picture of a vineyard

This year’s English Wine Week takes on a virtual look, for reasons that we are all well aware of! The annual, national event is taking place between 20-28 June, and some of our fabulous local wine producers are putting on show to celebrate their delicious wines.

The Horsham district is home to a host of amazing vineyards and wine estates, and we wanted to shout about it and show off our great local producers and celebrate English wine.

Take a look at the virtual events that are happening over the coming week and learn how you can get involved.

English Wine Week is organised by WineGB. For more information and lots more events nationwide visit the WineGB website.

Wonderful Wiston

The Goring family has been stewarding Wiston Estate’s land since 1743, but it wasn’t until 2006 that the Sussex vineyard was planted, with traditional varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The vineyard’s physical and chemical composition closely resembles that of the renowned Cote de Blancs in Champagne. The grapes themselves are pressed in a traditional Coquard press, one of only four outside of France, and it is the gentle pressing technique and quality extraction which is at the heart of the estate’s winemaking philosophy. This philosophy aims 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.

To mark English Wine Week, we are showing three virtual events. You can see these on the Wiston YouTube Channel:

  • Monday 22 June at 7pm - Virtual vineyard tour with our Vineyard Manager James McLean.

As we are unable to host tours at the moment, we thought that we’d bring the vineyard to you! James will be taking a tour around our vineyards, discussing why our vineyard sites are perfectly situated to make English Sparkling Wine and why June is a very important time in the English vine-growing year. How much does our vineyard contribute to the success of our wines? Why did we choose to plant only 3 grape varieties? How did we choose our vineyard sites? What are the ideal growing conditions? How is the 2020 vintage shaping up?

  • Wednesday 24 June at 7pm - Wiston’s history and the story behind how we began making wine.

Since arriving in Sussex in 1972, following her marriage to Harry, Pip Goring's dream was to plant vines at her new home, Wiston Estate. Her great passion is the backbone behind Wiston's award-winning English Sparkling wines. During this virtual event, Harry and Pip will look back on the history of Wiston Estate, which has been owned and managed by Harry’s family since 1743. They will also talk further about Pip’s vision for producing wine at Wiston and why it took 34 years (!) for it to come to fruition.

  • Friday 26 June at 7pm - Cellar digging with Winemaker, Dermot Sugrue and Brand Ambassador, Kirsty Goring.

Dermot and Kirsty will take a tour through our cellar, picking out a selection of our award-winning English Sparkling Wines from over the years, including several very special older vintages which have yet to be released. Why are English Sparkling Wines, and our wines in particular, so fantastic for ageing? Why do we hold back some wines for later release? What qualities make a vintage wine perfect for maturing?

In celebration of English Wine Week and the return of the glorious summer weather, we are launching a special offer on our vintage Rosé 2014. Described by Olly Smith as “Exceptional English Fizz”, this pale pink, limited release English Sparkling wine is brimming with ripe red cherries, raspberries, orange zest and has a long, creamy finish. Coming from the glorious 2014 vintage, which was one of our warmest growing seasons on record with the perfect conditions for growing Pinot Noir, this vintage Sparkling Rosé is just the ticket for enjoying out in the sunshine. Treat yourself (or someone else) to a Case (6 bottles) of our Wiston Estate Rosé 2014 at our discounted offer price of £185.00 per case (20% Discount, normally £231.00).

Find more information about our English Wine Week events on the Wiston Estate Blog.

Bolney's Best

To celebrate English Wine Week, we're offering free live virtual tastings throughout the week. Each one will focus on one of our award-winning wines, which will give you the chance to learn more about English wine, take part in a live tasting and also have your questions answered by our experts.

Saturday 20 June, 5pm - Sam Linter, MD and Head Winemaker will give you an exclusive, virtual tour of our vineyard.  Sam will talk through the journey from vine to wine, the history of our estate and English wine, the broad range of grape varieties grown here, and you'll even get a behind-the-scenes look at our state-of-the-art winery. After your virtual tour, you'll be guided through a live tasting of our Pinot Noir with Alex Rabagliati, Assistant Winemaker.

Sunday 21 June, 5pm - Join Suzie Quinn, Head of Hospitality, for a tasting of our 2018 Pinot Gris still white wine.

Wednesday 24 June, 5pm - Join Robin Warren-Adamson, our Business Development Manager for a tasting of 2014 Cuvée Noir, our unique sparkling red.

Friday 26 June, 5pm - Join Chris Siegle, our Head of Sales, for a tasting of 2017 Cuvée Rosé, our traditional method sparkling rosé.

Saturday, 27 June, 5pm - Join Charlie Lewis, our Customer Service Delivery Executive, for a tasting of our 2018 Lychgate Rosé still wine.

Sunday 28 June, 5pm - Join Nick Hutchinson, our Tour Guide Lead, for a tasting of 2016 Blanc de Blancs, our traditional method sparkling wine.

Visit the Bolney website to book English Wine Week at ‘Virtual’ Bolney. There are limited spaces available, so book yours today.

Superb Stopham

Stopham Estate Vineyard’s story began in 2007 when winemaker Simon Woodhead planted 21,000 vines on the six-hectare (15-acre) estate following the successful completion of a Viticulture course at Plumpton Agricultural College in East Sussex.

Joined by Assistant Winemaker Tom Bartlett in 2010, just in time for the first vintage, the pair today share a common passion for English wine and work hard to raise the bar crafting inspired, sustainable wines from Sussex land.

Each vintage from Stopham Estate tells the story of the changeable Sussex countryside, with all of its unique trials and tribulations. We only use grapes grown on the estate and nurture our hand- picked vines to craft white wines that offer fruity flavours and a crisp natural acidity that’s good enough for royalty – genuinely.

As the vineyard is currently closed to the public for tours and tastings, we have joined the virtual tasting revolution with the following tastings.

Wednesday 24 June at 7pm – James and Simon Hawkins of Hawkins Brothers Wine Merchants. View the tasting on Instagram @hawkinsbros

Thursday 25th June at 8pm – Brad Horne of WineTime London. View the tasting on Instagram @winetimelondon

Friday 26th June at 7pm – Marie Davies of Stopham Vineyard. View the tasting on Instagram, live @StophamVineyard

To enjoy Stopham Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Bacchus or sparkling visit the website. You can also buy the wine from the following retailers:

Prices range from £15 - £17.99 for the wines depending on the wine and the retailer.