The Wiston Estate covers some 2,500 ha of the South Downs and Weald. It has belonged to the Goring family since the mid 18th century and is largely given over to cows, sheep, wheat and barley.
In 2006 a 6.5 ha site was planted with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Munier with the intention of making high quality sparkling wines. Dermot Sugrue, a Plumpton graduate and former winemaker at Nyetimber, joined the Goring team the same year, so has been involved in most of the technical aspects of establishing the business.
Wiston Estate wines have performed well in competition with the Rosé 2011 receiving a Gold Medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards (2014). The first release of the Wiston Blanc de Blancs NV was awarded a Gold Medal at the inaugural Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships (2014).
Wiston Estate, Blanc de Blancs, NV
Straw colour; moderately aromatic, citrus, apples, bread dough; dry, sharp refreshing acidity, apple, citrus, grapefruit, brioche; med+ length, complex, balanced. (7 May 2014) Outstanding, 94/100
Wiston Estate, Cuvée Brut, 2010
Straw colour; citrus, yeast; dry, fresh acidity, complex creamy citrus stewed fruit, caramel; med+ length; complex. (7 May 2014) Outstanding, 93/100
Wiston Estate, Brut, NV
Pale gold; moderately aromatic, citrus, bread; dry, fresh acidity, apples, citrus, brioche; med+ length. (7 May 2014) Outstanding, 90/100
Wiston Estate, Blanc de Noirs, NV
Pale gold; lemon, yeast; dry, fresh acidity, creamy citrus and red fruit, biscuits; med length. (7 May 2014) Outstanding, 91/100