Highweald was established in 2016, with the planting of 120,000 vines across 27ha of the beautiful Sussex High Weald, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From these origins, we have fast become one of the very finest English wine producers in terms of both quality and quantity. We ticked the box on quantity last year with the purchase of Pookchurch Vineyard and the year before with the purchase of another Sussex vineyard, Lakestreet, giving us a total of 32ha under vine just 6 years after our inception. And in 2022, we proved that our wine is of the very highest quality.
The first-ever release of Highweald Brut Reserve NV won FOUR awards at the International Wine Challenge 2022: one gold medal, with 95 points, and two trophies – the English Sparkling Trophy and the Non-Vintage English Sparkling Trophy. Shortly afterwards, at the annual IWC Awards in London, we won our fourth award – for the best wine in its first year of production.
Of our Brut Reserve NV, the IWC judges said: “This non-vintage blend captures the essence of English sparkling wine. It has a citrus lemon-flower nose with saline citrus fruit. It threatens to bite your palate but then softens and deepens into a fine finish.”
After receiving the awards, Robin Langton, our Managing Director and Head Winemaker, said: “The first release of Highweald Brut Reserve NV is about the balance between base and reserve wine, fruit, dosage and autolytic expression, allowing each component to bring complexity, without overshadowing other elements.
To win the IWC trophies was a real honour, especially for our first release. When our Garden Bar opens this winter and our visitor centre in the Spring of 2023, it will be brilliant to be able to share our story and early success with our guests. Whilst the trophies are flattering, we know that we have a lot of work to do and are keen to maintain our focus on creating the highest quality wine possible with a sense of place and purpose. I humbly believe that we have the potential to be the best English sparkling wine producer.”Shop Our Wines