Wiston Wine Estate & Chalk Restaurant, West Sussex
Family-run Wiston Estate in West Sussex is a leading producer of world-class English Sparkling Wine and home to Chalk Restaurant and Tasting Room.
The stunning Wiston Estate has been in the hands of the Goring family since 1743 and is presided over today by Harry & Pip Goring and managed by their son Richard and his wife Kirsty.
Ever since Pip arrived at Wiston in 1972, she dreamed of planting a vineyard to evoke her childhood in South Africa’s Western Cape and in fact such is the rich history of this area some 2000 years before her family settled here, the Romans were the first to grow grapes on the soft chalk slopes of the South Downs.
In 2006 her dream became a reality when the family planted a south-facing 16-acre site with Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay vines and Pip’s son Richard moved back bringing with him a new passion for the land whilst working on small scale organic farms in western Canada.
Fifteen years later, Wiston Estate’s winery is a focal point for its ever-growing community and since the vineyards were first planted, the Estate’s team of growers and winemakers has doubled in size.
The vineyards consistently produce exceptional fruit and the winemaking philosophy is simply to guide it through production as gently as possible – at Wiston grapes get total TLC and are pressed immediately before being fermented and aged in the barrel and in tank prior to bottling.
In 2021 they opened the Insta-worthy Chalk restaurant on the site, this chic eaterie draws together the best local produce, including ingredients from the Estate and its neighbours, and aims to create dishes that express the nature and history of the land. It provides honest and delicious food which can be enjoyed alongside the their award-winning wines.
The estate also holds events including themed dinners, tastings and wine tours plus offers walking routes around their beautiful grounds.
Chalk is currently open for breakfast 8-10.30am and lunch 12-3pm. Outside these times they serve drinks and cakes and will be open from 6 May 2022 in the evenings on Fridays and Saturdays.
Wiston Estate Winery, Chalk Restaurant, Tasting Room & Shop: North Farm, Washington, West Sussex, RH20 4BB
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