Searcys and Greyfriars29 March 2020
Wine in England, especially sparkling wine, is seeing a rise in popularity, and as experts in English Sparkling Wine, Searcys is proud to work with British wine producers Greyfriars. Refined and homegrown, English Sparkling Wines are known for small and persistent bubbles, high clarity, and delicious taste.
Located on the chalk slopes of the Hog’s back at Puttenham, just outside Guildford in Surrey, is the Greyfriars vineyard, a small family business dedicated to producing award-winning English Sparkling wines.
The original vineyard was planted in 1989, and since 2010, Greyfriars has expanded the area to 40 acres on two sites by planting over 70,000 vines. Predominantly planted with the three classic Champagne grape varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, the range of spectacular sparkling wines reflect the unique local soil conditions, climate and heritage of the Surrey North Downs.
Using state of the art winemaking equipment, all sparkling wines are made using the traditional method, which involves two stages and typically takes between 2-5 years. The base wine is created from pressed grapes, which is fermented with sugar and yeast either in a stainless-steel tank or French oak barrels – the oak adding hints of vanilla and creating a subtle complexity. A secondary fermentation then takes place (with some grapes mixed to create different blends), before final steps of bottling and storing in a natural chalk cellar for ageing prior to release.
Greyfriars wines have been extremely well received and have already won many prizes in international competitions, including a Gold Outstanding in the International Wine and Spirit Competition for our 2013 Blanc de Blanc and a Gold for our 2014 Rose Reserve.