Wiston Estate was founded in 2006 by Pip Goring, a South African native who dreamed of planting a vineyard on the estate since her arrival in 1972. With the support of family, Pip planted a south-facing 16-acre site with Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay vines. The vineyards consistently produce exceptional fruit which is in part due to its ideal location and the quality and maintenance of the soil and land. The vines are grown in flint-scattered soils over a chalk base, having much in common with the revered Côtes des Blancs region of Champagne, where Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier vines are able to root deeply and produce the desired characteristics of the grape varieties.
Wiston Estate has been in the hands of the Goring family since 1743 and is presided over today by Harry and Pip Goring. The estate is managed by their son Richard, and he and his wife Kirsty are now involved in the day to day running of the estate, vineyards and winery.
Primarily an estate which focused on traditional agriculture and land management, it was Pip’s long-held conviction that the estate held the potential to grow quality grapes. After many years of persuasion the first 16-acre vineyard was planted in 2006. Under the aegis of award-winning winemaker Dermot Sugrue, the tight-knit team managed to craft some of England’s most awarded sparkling wines in a matter of years. The estate now exists as a rural meeting place where people, nature and enterprise can co-exist and flourish. Farming, forestry and land management are still a key part of the estate, while 2021 saw the opening of Chalk Restaurant and Tasting Room, another dream of Pip’s—to have somewhere we can welcome our guests and share the delicious wines and food together.
Deep rooted in the rolling hills, valleys and steep escarpments of the South Downs, Wiston Estate’s vineyards mark a new chapter in its long and fascinating history. After hundreds of years and generations of traditional arable and livestock farming on this ancient landscape, the vines grow in the heart of the estate, on sites selected for their combination of soils, microclimate and aspect.
Our cuvées, both Vintage and Non-Vintage, express an individuality of character and singular style with every release. We strive to reflect these unique personalities in each wine, respecting their heritage, composition and identities from year to year. We have experimented broadly since our first vintage in 2008, resulting in a range of styles which showcase our wonderful terroirs at their very best. Our wines are consistently championed as the best examples of their type in the UK.
While visiting the estate visitors will be encouraged to explore the estate with the help of a series of mapped walks around the land, which take in the vineyards, ancient grain fields and the legendary Chanctonbury Ring which presides over the estate from its lofty position on the South Downs Way.