Dermot Sugrue in winery

THE WINE - Winemaker

The wine is made for us by Dermot Sugrue at the Wiston Estate winery in Sussex.  The style of wine that he produces – intense and pure, drawing out the full potential of the juice – reflects our own objectives.


Dermot was the wine maker at Nyetimber until 2006 when he went to create the new winery at Wiston, and his wines, a number of which have won major awards, are, we believe, in the very top flight of English sparkling wines. Dermot says:

"What I enjoy most about making the East Meon Berrygarden wines is the moment each year the fruit arrives at the winery, it is always so pristine! 

I have never known such rigorous selection at harvest, every bunch delivered is quite literally perfect – with no trace of disease or underripe berries – and this is a fantastic starting point for making fine sparkling wine. 

This meticulous attention to detail is only possible on a small vineyard, and is more akin to Grand Cru Burgundy production than most English vineyards."

Dermot Sugrue, Winemaker