The Big English Wine Adventure

We’re on an adventure to make an English sparkling wine and we need YOU! Help us find a name for our wine and/or suggest a charity for us to support. You could win some of our delicious fizz just by taking part! Enter your suggestions (or just register your interest) below.

The Big Picture

We’re Susie & Peter, married Masters of Wine and TV presenters. We love English wine and so making our own local fizz as a collaborative and charitable project was our idea of fun. We’d love you to be part of it too!

We teamed up with award-winning Hampshire winery Hattingley Valley to make 1,000 bottles of delicious, locally sourced sparkling wine. We started in October 2016 by helping harvest and press the grapes, which you can see in the video above. Susie was focused on quality whereas Peter was all about the quantity. Story of our marriage…

Once the fermentation was over, the next step (in March 2017) was to blend base wines together with award-winning winemaker Emma Rice. This is a big decision – so Peter is largely ignored.

From here, it’s a waiting game. The wine was put into bottles in June 2017, with yeast and sugar. This second fermentation in bottle not only gives it the fizz but also flavour and richness, as the wine matures over time. This all takes a couple of years – after which we’ll need to judge when it’s ready to pop open and make final adjustments. At that point we can start not only raising a glass to fine English wine but also raising money for a good cause.

How can you help? In the first instance by helping us choose a charity to support and/or suggesting a name for our wine. In general, we will feed off your interest, imagination and goodwill so please register your interest to keep updated, show your support or suggest bright ideas. We promise to keep you entertained (there’ll be a few more videos to come) and we won’t bombard you with emails – a pet peeve of ours too. Either way, we’d love this to be a collaborative project so thanks in advance for your interest and support. Here’s a link to the T&Cs. Cheers!