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 vineyard and winery. It was Pip’s long-held conviction that the estate held the potential to grow high quality grapes, thanks to the area’s similarities of soil and climate to Champagne. The 16-acre vineyard, planted in 2006, was the fruit of Pip’s dream and tenacity. Wiston Estate is a family venture, small in scale, impressive in aspiration and unrelenting in pursuit of quality. Under the aegis of award-winning winemaker Dermot Sugrue, the tight-knit team spares no effort in the vineyard or winery. The vineyards lie on a south-facing chalk escarpment, and are planted with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
A natural sun-trap and protected from prevailing winds, the vines benefit from maximum sun exposure, promoting ripening.
The vineyard is run according to a strict philosophy of sustainability; the winery uses solar panels as a source of renewable energy, and the vineyard team use a Boisselet cultivator to manage root and weed growth, by returning them gently to the soil, rather than resorting to ‘quick fix’ chemical herbicides and synthetic fertilisers. Wiston Estate is a member of Sustainable