Wiston Estate wins ‘Winery of the Year’ at the WineGB Awards 2018Posted on the 17-07-2018
We are absolutely over the moon and back to have been awarded ‘Winery of the Year’ at the WineGB Awards 2018, as well as ‘Most Outstanding Blanc de Noirs’, ‘Top Sparkling Wine 2018’ and ‘Supreme Champion 2018’ for our Wiston Estate Blanc de Noirs 2010 (our first ever release of a vintage Blanc de Noirs!).
The WineGB Awards are a national competition for all English and Welsh Still and Sparkling Wines, developed to shout about the successes this industry is achieving. Chaired by Oz Clarke and Susie Barrie MW, the judging panel comprises some of the most respected and celebrated of the wine world including wine merchants, supermarket and restaurant buyers, broadcasters and other experts. For us, this is an incredibly important competition to be part of as it focuses on UK wine producers with 230 different wine entries this year alone. The ceremony took place on Monday 16th July at the stunning Hotel du Vin Wimbledon and was sponsored by Country Life Magazine and Waitrose, as well as Hotel du Vin.
We are so very proud of our team at Wiston Estate for their passion, enthusiasm, expertise and hard work which has lead to this result and are looking forward to celebrating with a glass (or two) of our sparkling wines!
Wiston Estate Cuvée 2013 in Decanter Magazine’s Top 25 Most Exciting Wines of 2017Posted on the 26-02-2018
After being awarded UK’s Best Sparkling Wine in the Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 and winning the English Sparkling Wine Trophy in the International Wines and Spirits Challenge 2017, our Wiston Estate Cuvée 2013 has scored a hat trick by also being chosen by Decanter Magazine to be in their top 25 Most Exciting Wines in the World in 2017.
Decanter’s panel of three judges (Christelle Guibert, Oz Clarke and Andy Howard MW) were tasked with tasting and rating 173 nominated wines
with a price limit of £55 per bottle, assessing them on harmony, complexity and wow factor. They then compiled their ultimate ‘Top 75 Most Exciting Wines of 2017’ across all styles and countries with our Cuvée 2013 coming in at #23!
We’re understandably very proud of what our Wiston Estate Cuvée 2013 has achieved in the past year and look forward to another exciting year ahead.
Wiston Estate releases two new Limited Edition Cuvées: Blanc de Noirs 2010 & Cuvée 2008 MagnumsPosted on the 11-01-2018
We’re thrilled to announce that for the first time since our launch in 2012 we are releasing a vintage Blanc de Noirs and a cuvée in Magnum format.
2010 was a spectacular year for Wiston Estate. One of the best in our history, the vintage had the ideal balance between yield and ripeness of fruit. As a result, we have produced an opulent vintage Blanc de Noirs, which has been aged on its lees for 5 years, with a further year in bottle.
The Wiston Estate Cuvée 2008 Magnums are exceptionally unique since 2008 was our inaugural vintage and the wine has now matured on the lees for over 8 years. Initially launched in 2012 in 75cl bottles, there are just 150 magnums of this incredibly limited release.
Both releases are very significant as it is extremely rare to find English Sparkling Wines in larger formats and wines that have spent so long ageing on their lees.
“The release of these magnums from our first vintage is the most glorious culmination of my dream which was born 45 years ago. For us as a family it is wonderfully fitting that these incredibly special wines are ready for the celebration of Christmas.” Pip Goring
“One of the fabulous things about making such a broad range of wines at Wiston Estate is the opportunity to wait for each wine to achieve a high level of maturity before we release them from the cellar. This is absolutely the case with our Blanc de Noirs 2010, and even more so with our Cuvée 2008 in magnum from our inaugural vintage at Wiston Estate nine years ago. These are two profoundly different wines; but every bit as delicious as each other. The 100% Pinot Noir 2010 is rich, deep and multi-layered and contains an astonishing amount of fruit, allied to savoury notes of herbs, earth, forest floor and chalk-infused energy. It wears its wood very lightly indeed, which is always the intention even when fermented and aged entirely in old oak barrels, and has very slowly taken its time to evolve. It is now in its absolute prime.
It is an historic moment to finally release the first ever magnums produced at Wiston this Christmas. This small quantity of Cuvée 2008 in magnums have rested quietly on lees in the cellar since bottling in July 2009 and on cork since disgorging two years ago. Chardonnay dominates the blend (60%) and oh boy is it mature and flourishing after all these years of development… Each sip delivers an abundance of finesse-laden fruit, the chalky depths of which are apparent right from the initial attack, on through the silky, harmonious palate to a fantastically long, tapering finish. This is an extremely moreish wine that after 9 years has come of age in the most tremendous fashion!” Dermot Sugrue, Winemaker
Wiston Estate Cuvée Brut 2013 wins two Trophies in as many months!Posted on the 30-06-2017
Wiston Estate’s Cuvée Brut 2013 has been awarded the The Platinum Medal for Best UK Sparkling Wine 2017 by the Decanter World Wine Awards. One month later this Cuvée won the highest accolade in another of the wine-world’s most respected annual competitions, The International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC), having been awarded the English Sparkling Wine Trophy 2017.
What is most remarkable about Wiston claiming the top spot in each competition is the record-breaking number of entrants – both Decanter and the IWSC had more than 130 English & Welsh sparkling wines entered in each.
“Rich and creamy style, with lovely savoury notes from development. Composed and elegant with complex notes of brioche fruit and a long finish, delightful!” – IWSC 2017 Tasting Panel
“From the chalky soils of the South Downs, this is a lovely wine with ripe citrus and pear fruit with some appley notes. The brisk acidity is countered by a hint of sweetness on the finish. Lemony and linear, this is really serious.” – Jamie Goode, Sunday Express June 2017
Wiston Estate hits the Fifth Floor of Harvey Nichols & their restaurant at The OXO Tower!Posted on the 30-06-2017
For Wiston heritage & provenance are paramount which is why it gives us great pleasure to have been chosen by such an historic and iconic brand as Harvey Nichols.
Wiston Estate Cuvée 2010, Blanc de Blancs 2010, Brut NV and Rose NV are all in their Wine shop on the Fifth Floor and on the wine list at The OXO Tower restaurant. It was a privilege to meet with both these teams.
Decanter: Best sparkling wines of 2016: Five greatsPosted on the 13-01-2017
Wiston was delighted to have been chosen by Decanter experts from around the world to be amongst the bottles of sparkling wine and Champagne that impressed them most this year. (See January issue of Decanter Page 1, Page 2, Page 3)
Before New Year these were re-tasted by a panel of Decanter tastings directors, Christelle Guibert, Sarah Jane Evans MW and Andy Howard MW. They picked Wiston Blanc de Blancs 2010 as one of the 5 most exciting sparkling wines of 2016. The wine was given 94 points and described as; “Appealing, generous toasty, buttery nose. Refreshing acidity enlivens some rich flavours of baked apple and buttered tea cakes…” Read Decanter’s full recommendations po.st/PCLS5O
Wiston Arrives in NYC!Posted on the 13-09-2016
Frederick Wildman, wine importers into New York since 1934, had their annual tasting at the impressive Guastivinos last week. As the most recent addition to their prestigious group of wine suppliers, we were invited to join them and tell the sommeliers of NYC that the sun does shine in England and its wines are ready to create a new category on their lists. So we packed our bags, leaving the vineyards basking in record breaking September temperatures, to fly out and introduce Wiston to the East Coast. It went down a storm and we had great fun comparing notes with Hubert de Billy from Pol Roger. (We later wondered if Churchill had ever drunk Pol Roger on his visit to Wiston House in the 1940s and will be checking the wine cellar archives on our return).
Wiston Wins IWC trophy and Sommeliers Critics ChoicePosted on the 22-06-2015
During the whirl of English Wine Week (if you missed it have a look here) we were delighted to be awarded two trophies; firstly to the recently released Blanc de Blancs 2010 at the Sommeliers Awards as best English Sparkling Wine and then to the ‘golden’ member of the family the Rosé 2011*, which won best English Sparkling Rose at the International Wine Competition. It’s great inspiration for the team who are working their magic on the remarkably large 2014 vintage right now.
* Sadly our Rosé 2011 is no longer available, but you may like to try Wiston Rosé 2014.
The Queen to launch Britannia…Posted on the 04-03-2015
We are thrilled that it will be Her Majesty the Queen who will be breaking a Nebuchadnezzar of Wiston on the bow of Britannia on Tuesday 10th March at Southampton. Pip, Harry, Dermot and Richard are all getting ready for the celebrations on board, where the Wiston Estate Brut NV will be flowing freely. Well done to Robin, who took on the duty of hand labeling the enormous bottles and has done a fantastic job.
WISTON HEADS TO LA FOR BAFTA TEA PARTY…Posted on the 14-01-2015
Richard and Kirsty were delighted to accompany the 2010 cuvee to the BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party where it was being served to the nominees, with some of the best British actors and actresses in attendance. There was huge excitement about the wine and guests were keen to talk all about what is going on in the world of English wine, they included the likes of Keira Knightley & James Righton, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne and Matthew Beard (watch this space) and Julian & Emma Fellowes. A highlight was to meet Tcheky Karyo from the incredible Luc Besson film “Nikita” (one of Richard’s favourite films). See more here and you can even catch them at the end of this BBC clip
Mary Berry visits the winery…Posted on the 19-12-2014
We were delighted to be able to show Mary around the vineyard and winery for her Christmas show. She is remarkable and (as with everyone else in the country) we fast found ourselves enchanted by her humour and down to earth nature. There was one point where she had to remind us to stop talking…and start tasting! This we obligingly did. An amazing Christmas present for the whole winery team. See it again here
Wiston Nebuchadnezzar to Launch BritanniaPosted on the 22-11-2014
P&O cruises have chosen to launch Britannia, their largest ever cruise ship, with a Nebuchadnezzar of Wiston Brut NV. We are delighted and privileged to be involved in this thrilling event that will take place in March 2015. Pip was in her element and got rather excited about being captain (fear not Paul Brown retrieved his hat and will be navigating Britannia safely through her maiden voyage) And there is a fantastic video of the party we had at Wiston House with VIP passengers here
Best English NV Blanc de BlancsPosted on the 04-09-2014
Our very first release of Wiston NV Blanc de Blancs has been judged the best in class at the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships . We are delighted to have received this incredible accolade and also to have spent some time with the lovely Essi Avellan MW a few weeks ago. Thank you.
Decanter* Gold…Posted on the 10-07-2014
Harry and Pip looked rather like movie stars when they went up to receive their gold medal from Decanter for the Rosé 2011. It was great to meet Stephen Spurrier, who has now planted his own vineyard in Dorset. For those keen to know the stats: 102 UK wines entered – 3 were awarded gold medals and internationally 15,007 wines entered – 454 were awarded gold medals.
*Competitions are strange things when it comes to wine and it’s always hard not to like the ones you do well in and raise an eyebrow when the judges don’t see things the way you do. Obviously we think Decanter is the best of the best.
Gold and Silver at Sommelier awardsPosted on the 29-05-2014
We are delighted to have received a gold medal for the Wiston Rosé 2011 and a silver medal for the Wiston NV Blanc de Blancs at this year’s Sommelier Awards. “Electric lime thunders through it.” Said Gus Gluck (Vinoteca) of the Blanc de Blancs.”
EWP welcomed us to the party….Posted on the 29-05-2014
We were delighted to be pouring Wiston for the first time at this year’s English Wine Producers trade tasting in London. Very encouraging to get such positive feedback about the wines from many of the sommeliers and MWs present. Peter Richards MW enjoyed meeting the family, “Lovely story, tremendous wines – ground breaking.” And honoured to be in Tom Cannavan’s article:
Also learnt never to try to use a wine cork to stop up a sparkling wine (nearly took my brother’s nose off when it rocketed out of the bottle – sorry Dom!)
Spring is on the way…Posted on the 10-03-2014
Hugely exciting to see leaves unfurling on the vine this week. Spring feels even more delightful and unexpected when it has been preceded by one of the wettest winters on record. It has come upon us much earlier than normal and the drive home is currently awash with the site and smell of bluebells. Utter joy.
Coolest wine label on the planet!Posted on the 02-02-2014
When we worked on the label, Pip was never going to let it be dull, so there were some members of the family (particularly one Scottish uncle) that were a little nervous as to what the world would think about its originality. We were delighted to hear that Forbes put it in the top 15 coolest wine labels on the planet:
SustainabilityPosted on the 01-12-2013
‘Sustainability’ is one of those words that has lost its potency because of popularity, rather like brilliant Oscar Wilde quotes. So we won’t bang on about it but we love the idea of thinking about the next generation (we are only here because of the decisions our forebears made). One of the things we wanted to work on was our energy requirements and that got us thinking about solar: