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The English Wine Diaries episode 44 – Dermot Sugrue

The Sugrue South Downs founder talks about his 20-year career producing the country’s most celebrated wines

This week’s guest on The English Wine Diaries is Dermot Sugrue, who is widely recognised as the UK’s most successful and decorated winemaker. 

After studying viticulture at Plumpton College Dermot joined Nyetimber in 2003 and oversaw the West Sussex vineyard’s emergence as one of the world’s greatest sparkling wine producers. 

He went on to help Harry and Pip Goring establish Wiston Estate a few miles down the road and for the next 16 years was responsible for making some of England’s most celebrated wines. 

Somehow, he also found time to make his own wine, setting up Sugrue South Downs in 2006 and releasing his first own-brand sparkling, The Trouble with Dreams, in 2013 to critical acclaim. 

Last year Dermot left Wiston to focus full time on Sugrue South Downs with his wife Ana, who is also a winemaker, and the couple have received investment from none other than hotelier, Robin Hutson, who was in fact the first ever guest on this podcast.

We talk about his first introduction to wine, why he decided to take the leap and focus full time on Sugrue and lets us in on some exciting news about what’s on the agenda for the Sugrue family this summer.

Keep up to date with Sugrue South Downs’ latest news and releases at or by following @sugruesouthdowns on Instagram.

NB apologies for some sound quality issues in this episode.

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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