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Dermot Sugrue’s bold next step in English winemaking

After two decades making wines at some of England's best-known estates, Dermot Sugrue is forging ahead with his own project. Amy Wislocki meets the Irish winemaker at his new winery.

It’s lucky that Irish-born Dermot Sugrue thrives on stress. The past few years have been a whirlwind for the supremely talented, Sussex-based winemaker, who has 20 years of experience under his belt with a raft of well-known English winery names.

In that time he has left Wiston Estate, where he worked for 16 years, moved house, got married, had a baby, and then – with investment from Robin Hutson, owner of The Pig hotel group, and actor Hugh Bonneville – built a new winery for the wines he makes under his own Sugrue South Downs label, from several sites his team manage in East and West Sussex.

Scroll down to see notes and scores for Dermot Sugrue’s sparkling wines

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