A fresh & juicy, gently sparkling red by Matt Gregory in Leicestershire. Matt grows vines on a south facing plot on one of the highest points on the Leicestershire Wolds. 2020 saw a difficult start with frost damage meaning yeilds were low, but a sunny autumn helped produce some beautiful hight quality fruit!


For this wine Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris were de-stemmed, crushed and fermented together, then pressed gently in a traditional basket press when alcoholic fermentation had finished. Some of its reserved juice was blended back into the wine prior to bottling to let fermentation finish in the bottle. Bottled without fining or filtration, and no additives whatsoever.

The English Winemaker - The Ancestral Red 2020

  • Name The Ancestral Red
    Producer The English Winemaker
    Style Sparkling (Ancestral method)
    Country UK
    Region Leicestershire
    Vintage 2020
    Grape 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Gris
    ABV % 10.5
    SO2 None added
    Production Not certified. Natural fermentation. Naturally sparkling. Vegan. Unfined. Unfiltered.
    Notes Juicy + Hedgerow fruits + Strawberry