High Clandon Estate Vineyard was founded in 2004 by Sibylla and Bruce Tindale.
This is how we feel about great English sparkling wine…and our own Quintessence, our Cuvée, reflected in these famous quotes:
"I drink it when I'm happy and when I'm sad.
Sometimes I drink when I'm alone.
When I have company I consider it obligatory.
I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and I drink it when I am.
Otherwise I never touch it, unless I'm thirsty."
Madame Lily Bollinger
A single glass of champagne imparts a feeling of exhilaration. The nerves are braced, the imagination is agreeably stirred; the wits become more nimble…"
Both have a passion to create the quintessential English Quality Sparkling Wine and the belief that a small hand-manicured vineyard can produce an exquisite English cuvée. The terroir – that mystical marriage of soil, of locale, of climate and cultivation – producing the best grapes, ripened to perfection, combined with the best wine-making results in 'the expression of perfection' in their Cuvée.
Sibylla is a lover of champagne and believes entirely that the best of English sparkling wines can surpass those of France. Bruce is the vineyard and wine expert having obtained a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Viticulture & Oenology from Plumpton College.
The High Clandon Estate Vineyard encompasses two other ventures – its own honey from bees thriving on the English wild-flower meadow abutting the vineyard; and hoping shortly to harvest Burgundian Truffles from its own truffiere – a truffle orchard planted with oaks and hazels in 2004.
Emma Rice now crafts our Quintessence. She is an award winning winemaker, awarded Winemaker of the Year in both 2014 & 2016, and director of the Hattingley Valley Wine Estate.
High Clandon Estate Vineyard is a member of the quintet of Vineyards of the Surrey Hills and has been awarded the Trademark of Excellence by Surrey Hills Enterprises.