Wiston Estate: History, Vineyard & Winery

18th August 2014

Wiston Estate: History

The History

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.

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.

As Harry Goring says, “No one seemed particularly interested in hundreds of acres of barley and wheat but plant 16 acres of vineyard and people are fascinated”.

The Vineyard

The Vineyard is situated on the South facing chalk slopes of the South Downs, planted in 2006 with the traditional varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier across 16 acres. Sited on a periglacial dry river valley on the Upper Cretaceous Chalk, it closely resembles the physical and chemical composition of the world renowned Côte de Blancs of Champagne.

There are no herbicides sprayed on the soil, which enables the microbiological activity to thrive and a Boisselet (mechanical hoe) is used for weed control.

The Winery

The traditional Coquard press at Wiston is one of only four outside of France and is unique to the UK. Its large surface area and exceptionally 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 traditional Coquard press

The traditional Coquard press

A wide variety of barrels of different age and cooperage are employed to make a range of vintage and non-vintage sparkling wines, which have performed exceptionally well in wine awards.


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