English Sparkling Masterclass with Wiston Wine
It has been impossible to miss the growing publicity and excitement around English Sparkling wine as the quality of the wine made on our shores has started to rival some of the very best from Champagne. This masterclass will demystify some of the common misconceptions about sparkling wine such as the relationship between price tag and production method, (what does ‘traditional method’ mean on sparkling wine labels anyway?) and what is the difference between English Sparkling Wine and fizz from other parts of the world?
The Wiston Estate has been owned and managed by the Goring family since 1743 but it was not until the arrival of Harry Goring’s South African wife, Pip, that the idea of planting a vineyard took hold. Ever since arriving on the Wiston Estate in 1972, Pip spoke of her dream and passion to plant vines on the estate’s chalky south-facing slopes, (reminiscent of the geology of Champagne’s Cote de Blancs), in the heart of the South Downs in Sussex. When the genius Irish winemaker, Dermot Sugrue (formerly of Nyetimber), joined the estate team in 2006 (along with his dog Noodles), this dream became a reality and an exceptional vineyard started to produce wines of remarkable character and interest.
Richard and Kirsty Goring, current custodians of the estate, will be taking you on a sensational journey through Wiston’s range of stunning multi-award winning sparkling wines, both vintage and non-vintage, Cuvées, Rosé and Blanc de Blancs. While their Blanc de Noir 2010 won ‘Supreme Champion’ in the official Wine GB awards, they are perhaps most proud of their current title as ‘Winery of the Year, 2018’ awarded by the same body.
Each wine will be paired with a scrumptious and carefully chosen bite. Whether that be a Higgidy Sausage roll, some fresh trout pate or handmade chocolates.
Join the Gorings for a delicious, no-nonsense and interactive adventure and discover British winners that will ensure this Christmas is a Sparkling Celebration!