Following her dream of owning her own vineyard, Sarah Lavery is in charge of Southlands valley vineyards, a 2 hectare plot of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Maunier in the picturesque village of West Chiltington, in West Sussex.
From 2016, her wine maker is Dermot Sugrue and vinification is exclusively single vineyard.
Listen to my chat with Simon Bladon, the owner of Jenkyn Place Vineyards in Hampshire, telling his story of buying a hop farm and having the foresight to plant a vineyard consisting of the three classic Champagne varieties, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Maunier.
Simon is now producing world class sparkling wines from that classic blend, as well as a superb Blanc de Blanc 2015 (100% Chardonnay)
Listen to my Chat with Dermot, telling me what inspired him to explore wine aged 15. His wine journey that led him from Ireland to East Anglia, through Bordeaux to Champagne and to West Sussex. How good is English Sparkling Wine and what the future might hold. It was a fascinating and full of good humour chat. Enjoy!
Listen to one of Greece’s most influential winemakers, talking about his childhood, his inspirations and the achievements and career highlights he is most proud of.
A chat with one of Greece’s wine-making rising stars, Chloi Chativariti of Chatzivariti winery, in Goumenissa, Northern Greece.
In depth conversation at the Oia Vinyart.
In depth conversation with Konstantina Chryssou from the Hatzidakis winery Santorini, Greece.
In depth conversation with Petros Vamvakousis from the Venetsanos winery Santorini, Greece.
In depth conversations with leading figures in the world of wine. On location in their wineries, bars, vineyards and tasting rooms.