Made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
From a perfect site for sparkling wines in the South Downs, protected by Ditchling Beacon directly to the South, the vineyard gets lots of warmth for ripening, and a good flow of air keeping the rot and frost away. In short, this could emerge in time as one of the very best sites in the South Downs for sparkling wine. Plus it's made by one of the Masters of English sparkling wine, Dermot Sugrue.
"Black Dog Hill has been farmed by three generations of the same family. So it will come as no surprise that we are dedicated and wedded to the idea of protecting and enhancing our home.
At the foot of the South Downs within the boundaries of the newly created South Downs National Park, the vineyard is nestled against the 830ft high Ditchling Beacon where the vines are sheltered from the extremes of the British weather and grow happily in true chalky soil, littered with prehistoric sea fossils.
The near perfect combination of geology, geography and benign maritime climate encouraged us to plant the vineyard in 2007.
The Legend of Black Dog Hill -
For more than 1000 years, the locals of Westmeston and Ditchling have spoken of a ghostly black dog that roams the area bearing the souls of the departed to their resting place in the next world.
Some called it the “wish hound”, others believed it could only be seen by other dogs.
The shepherds that used to graze their flocks high on the Downland told of how their own sheepdogs would lie down and look to the heavens when the black dog was passing overhead.
Today, the shepherds are no more, but the legend remains.
As do the sightings. There are still reports along the Downs of the phantom hound conducting its ghostly duty, but nowhere more so than on the hill that bears its name."
You taste the class and taste of great quality sparkling. It is super smooth, with gentle bubbles. We've tasted may English fizzies and this is right up there as one of our favourites. When English fizz is this quality, we reckon we should drink it whenever we can! Gold medal winner at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2015 (2011 vintage)