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The Team (Click on a photo)

Harry Goring
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Harry has managed the Wiston Estate for over 30 years and enjoyed chairing the regional board of the National Trust and the CLA (Country Land and Business Association).

He has been involved at every stage of the project, from planting the vines to helping out on the disgorging line. His is the steady hand on the tiller.

Pip Goring
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Pip is the reason we have a vineyard and winery. Her endless enthusiasm and energy have given life to an idea that once seemed just a dream. Pip has always loved wine and food.

As well as bringing up 6 children she has run cooking courses from home, manages her family property in South Africa and prays continually for the vines, “Without the grapes we have nothing at all.”

Dermot Sugrue
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Dermot is the scientific artist who has honed the unique flavours of Wiston wine. His unwavering commitment to purity and a desire to express the terroir of the vineyard makes him slightly nerve wracking for sales executives but the ideal partner for the Goring family.

He was the wine maker at Nyetimber until 2006 when he came and joined Harry and Pip to create the new winery at Wiston.

Richard Goring
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Richard now manages the Wiston Estate and oversees the business development and future direction of the winery.

He was a carpenter in London before travelling throughout the west coast of Canada with his wife Kirsty, working on organic farms and vineyards.

He also chairs an environmental stewardship charity, which engages young people in the preservation and enhancement of the surrounding landscape.

Kirsty Goring
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Kirsty studied history at Oxford before training at Ballymaloe cookery school in Cork, Ireland.

She set up her own catering business and worked in a London based charity, which bridged the gap between the rich and poor.

Having travelled with Richard in British Columbia she now helps him run the Estate and looks after their three sons, Finlay, Milo and Otis.

Robin James
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Robin worked with Dermot at Nyetimber back in 2003 before moving to Bolney Winery where he took on full wine making responsibilities under Sam Linter.

In 2009 he took on his role at Wiston as assistant winemaker and continues to astound us with his astrophysical knowledge and remarkable music collection.

Colin Davis
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Colin is one of the great tractor drivers of our time and quite possibly the most pragmatic man in Sussex.

He keeps the vineyard weed free with continual boisseleting (a Burgundian intervine cultivator) and mows, mulches and minimises the grass in our green and pleasant land.

Wendy Alman
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Wendy is our straight talking bookkeeper. There is nothing she doesn’t know and if there is such a thing, it is only a matter of time before it is brought into the light.

She brings balance to the Creative art of winemaking.

Katie Last
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Katie has gained a wealth of experience in the wine industry since completing her Wine Business degree in 2009.

She joined Wiston in 2014 and manages business operations, working closely with Wendy and Dermot to make sure the winery engine purrs at all times.

Katie can do things with Excel spreadsheets that Bill Gates would never have dreamed possible.

Jordan Page
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Jordan completed a full yacht hospitality course in Antibes and worked on luxury yachts before joining the Wiston team in June 2014.

As cellar hand she assists in all manner of wine making responsibilities. Her attention to detail knows no bounds and she keeps the whole place absolutely ship shape.

Noodles & Tara
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Noodles & Tara add beauty to the winery and bring phenomenal velocity to the vineyard.

They are one of Dermot’s great loves and inspiration.