SEVA Harvest Supper

A fantastic SEVA Harvest Supper last night at Oxney Organic Estate.  Excellent venue and great hospitality by Kristin and her team – a big thank you to Oxney. We were lucky enough to taste Oxney’s first release of their delightful 2014 English Sparkling Wine, which is being officially launched on Saturday. A big thank you also to the Garden Chef for the amazing food, including their bottle shaped pastry!

Many thanks to all those who attended.


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SEVA Cup winners

At the SEVA BBQ at Tinwood Estate in Chichester, the SEVA cups were awarded for Wine of the Year 2016 and the Best Sparkling Wine 2016.

2016 Wine of Year was awarded to Court Garden for their 2015 Ditchling White Pinot Gris. Congratulations to winemaker Hugo Corney and to the Court Garden team.

2016 Best Sparkling Wine was awarded to Bluebell Vineyard Estates for their Bluebell Hindleap Winemaker’s Classic Blend 2010.  Congratulations to winemaker Kevin Sutherland and to the Bluebell team.


Please see link below with reference to re-joining the OIV.

SEVA Wine Evaluation Event 2016

The SEVA Wine Evaluation Event is taking place at Plumpton College on 16 September.

The SEVA Wine Evaluation Event is not a competition, but a service to our members through which they can obtain technical, honest and objective feedback on their wines through a panel of the top winemakers in our area.

Please contact Belinda Mercer, General Secretary SEVA at for further details and a copy of the entry form.


SEVA Wine Route Map 2016

The Wine Route Map for the South East 2016 has been published. The Map shows 37 vineyards, local attractions and lovely places to eat or stay that we have carefully selected along the route. If you would like copies of the map, please contact Belinda Mercer, General Secretary, SEVA at











Ridgeview Wine Estate wins Sussex Drinks Producer of the year award

Congratulations to Ridgeview Wine Estate who collected their award last night for Sussex Drinks Producer of the year at the 10th Sussex Food and Drinks Awards.

SEVA Benchmarking 2015 results published

Results for SEVA Benchmarking 2015  have now been published.  Please click on link below for results.

SEVA Benchmarking Workshop 2015 – Results Summary

Christmas wine tasting and pop-up shop

Thanks to all producers who took a stand at the SEVA Christmas wine tasting and pop-up shop on 5 December in Chichester and to those who attended the event.

Discounted ICCWS tickets for SEVA members


Discounted ICCWS 2016 tickets available for SEVA members

Next May the UK will host the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium (ICCWS 2016).  English and Welsh wine producers will be positioned at the heart of the international wine world making this a once-in-a-lifetime event not to be missed!

26-28 May 2016, Brighton

From the 14th of December SEVA members benefit from a discounted rate of £500 for a three-day ticket – £100 off the full price. Day tickets are also on offer at £200 each, down from £250.

To purchase, please contact Belinda Mercer, General Secretary SEVA at for the promotional code and then visit the website to book your tickets.

The ICCWS 2016 is a three-day international symposium for all involved in making, marketing and selling cool climate wines. It offers the chance to network, learn and engage with leading practitioners and academics in our global industry.

The UK wine industry has come together in an unprecedented way to support this global event, with sponsors such as Hattingley Valley, Hush Heath, Ridgeview, Rathfinny, Gusbourne and Nyetimber throwing their weight behind it. Others have also signed up as Patrons, including: Albury Organic Vineyard, Albourne Estate, Bluebell Vineyard, Bolney Estate, Chapel Down, Chilworth Manor, Camel Valley, Denbies Wine Estate, High Clandon, Nutbourne Vineyards and Wiston Estate.

This is your chance not to get left behind!

At a recent ICCWS Patrons Circle event, chairman of the planning committee Bruce Tindale said, “From the outset our objectives for the symposium were to deliver an unrivalled programme under the overall banner “successful wine production in cool climates”, and use the symposium to reinforce the UK’s arrival on the world wine stage.”

The core programme will be published on the website shortly. It includes every aspect of our industry from the vineyard to the winery; to marketing and selling the product; to setting up and making a success of your business; oenotourism; wine education; getting the latest thinking from suppliers to the industry and of course plenty of tasting.

There has never been such a distinguished gathering of leaders in the field as we are going to have in Brighton next May. We have leading practitioners, leading academics, leading researchers and writers representing every major wine region and many of the leading universities and institutes. The list is a veritable who’s-who of the international wine leadership community.

Jancis Robinson will be opening the programme; Jamie Goode will close proceedings and Oz Clarke will lead a session on tasting English still wines. Essi Avellan MW, who co-wrote the World Encyclopaedia of Champagne and Sparkling Wine with Tom Stephenson, will lead a session on English sparkling wines.

The programme has been structured to be a mix of plenary and parallel break-out sessions, and there will be something for everyone, from those in the viticulture and wine-making boiler room to those more closely associated with the business and marketing side. There will also be plenty of time for networking, between the sessions, during morning and afternoon breaks, lunch and of course the array of supporting evening events.

On the Wednesday evening before the symposium all delegates are invited to the launch event at the Brighton Museum, with a canapé reception paired with English wines.

On the Thursday evening, we are holding a Sushi & Cool Climate Wine Tasting at The Sea Life Centre, where we will pair the finest, sustainably sourced Sushi dishes alongside cool climate wines from around the world. Delegates will take a journey through the oldest aquarium in the UK with each area playing host to a different cool climate country and their producers. As guests walk through the aquarium they will sample the finest wines from around the cool regions of the world whilst enjoying the fun surroundings, local seafood and Brighton’s best swing DJs to soundtrack the experience.

On Friday evening we have our Gala Dinner, beginning with a cool climate sparkling wine reception before guests enjoy a three-course dinner with each course inspired by some of Sussex’s top chefs and paired with a cool climate wine to match.

We are also linking the event to the Brighton Food and Drink consumer festival which attracts some 50-60k visitors, and which will be held on the weekend of the symposium.

This is our symposium, lets make sure we deliver an occasion we are truly proud of and which reflects magnificently on our wonderful and ever-more successful industry. So don’t delay but take advantage of this special offer by contacting Belinda Mercer, General Secretary at for the promotional code.








South East Vineyards App free to download

The SEVA iPhone App, the first interactive iPhone App guide to SEVA’s vineyards and wineries, is now live and can be downloaded from the Apple Store or by clicking onto the following link: