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The English Wine Diaries Episode 41 – Sam and Ben Ellis

The couple talk about realising their dream of planting a vineyard next to their Sussex home

Joining me on the podcast today are Sam and Ben Ellis, owners of Everflyht, a new single vineyard estate set at the foot of the Ditchling Beacon.

 Both planners by career, Sam and Ben built a designer house for their family on the estate, before planting 6.8 hectares of vines. These included the traditional sparkling varieties of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, as well as some Pinot Gris, Pinot Précoce and Gamay. 

 Under the watchful eye of general and vineyard manager Luke Spalding and with the help of the winemakers at Hambledon in Hampshire, Everflyht released its first sparkling wines – a rose de Saignee and non-vintage Brut – earlier this year in what I can only describe as some of the sleekest bottles from any English wine brand I have ever seen…

We talk about building their dream, ‘Grand Designs’ style home and why planting vines was always part of the plan, the intricacies of running a small family vineyard and the meaning behind their brand name.

To find out more about their journey you can follow Sam and Ben @everflyht on Instagram and Facebook or visit

This episode of The English Wine Diaries is sponsored by Wickhams, The Great British Wine Merchant. Visit to see their award-winning range of English wine with free deliver on orders over £40.

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