"Made with precision and passion in Sussex" is the apt motto of Simon Woodhead's, Stopham Estate. Having begun his career as an engineer, designing parts for Formula One racing cars, Simon planted six hectares of predominantly Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc at Stopham Estate, near Pulborough, in West Sussex, in 2007. Stopham is known locally for its ancient buildings that were recorded in the Domesday Book, as well as the swans that swim the River Arun, the banks of which form the lower boundary to the vineyards. Simon's small winery is in a converted barn on the estate that he leases from the owners, the Barttelot family. His Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris are the best still wines we've tasted from this country. Both closed with Stelvin, they have the purity reminiscent of New Zealand with the freshness of the Loire. The fruit character however, is pure English, with aromas of white flowers and hedgerow and flavours of orchard fruits. The main challenges in the vineyard are deer, which roam the parkland and, unsurprisingly, the weather. This is helped by the south-facing vineyards, which maximise sun exposure and ripening, and the proximity of the Stopham farm animals, which provide copious amounts of organic fertiliser to boost the sandy soils. Simon practises sustainable farming.
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