The Wiston Estate Vineyard is situated on the south facing chalk slopes of the South Downs in West Sussex.
We planted in 2006 with the traditional varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and it spreads across 6.5 hectares. It is sited on a periglacial dry river valley on the Upper Cretaceous Chalk, which closely resembles the physical and chemical composition of the world renowned Côte de Blancs in Champagne.
There are no herbicides sprayed on the soil, which enables the microbiological activity to thrive and we use a “boisselet” (mechanical hoe) to keep the weeds under control.
After spending a summer in the beautiful south of France working for a small wine producer, James discovered a passion for viticulture and subsequently enrolled on a viticulture course through Plumpton College.
Since graduating, James has worked for several prestigious English wine producers, managing various vineyards around the south of England.
After working a vintage in Marlborough, New Zealand, James returned to England to concentrate on cool climate sparkling, taking charge of the vineyards at Wiston Estate.
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.