The East Meon Berrygarden is a small one acre vineyard in the Meon Valley to the west of Petersfield. Formerly owned by the bishops of Winchester this small plot produces a fantastic classic cuvee made by Dermot Sugrue. The modest vineyard was conceived, designed and planted by George and Clare Bartlett, who, with their family, provide all the annual labour. A large force of local volunteers assist with the harvest. Great care is taken in the production of the grapes, which go to Dermot Sugrue at Wiston Estate Winery for the expert production of vintage Berrygarden.
In contrast to other wines of the same type, East Meon Berrygarden is the product of grapes which are harvested on a single day and undergo pressing, fermentation and elevation as a single unblended batch. The small scale of the vineyard allows an uncompromising and highly detailed approach to quality.
"What I enjoy most about making the East Meon Berrygarden wines is the moment each year the fruit arrives at the winery, it is always so pristine! I have never known such rigorous selection at harvest, every bunch delivered is quite literally perfect – with no trace of disease or underripe berries – and this is a fantastic starting point for making fine sparkling wine. This meticulous attention to detail is only possible on a small vineyard, and is more akin to Grand Cru Burgundy production than most English vineyards." Dermot Sugrue, Winemaker