A sparking wine from a Steyning vineyard has been chosen by P&O Cruises to mark the launch of Britain’s biggest cruise liner next year.
A bottle of Wiston Estate’s Brut NV will be smashed on the Britannia’s bow in March while thousands of bottles of Brut NV and Rosé, Vintage 2011 will be enjoyed at various launch events.
In a family statement, Pip, Harry and Richard Goring of the Wiston Estate said: “Our family has been the custodian of the Wiston Estate in West Sussex for hundreds of years.
“However, it is only recently that we have realised our long-held dream to make sparkling wine here in the South Downs. We are delighted that Wiston Estate Brut has been chosen to name Britannia on the historic occasion of her launch next March 2015.”
P&O Cruises marketing director Christopher Edgington said: “When it came to selecting a wine for Britannia’s naming ceremony and inaugural season, we wanted to keep in with our British positioning and select an English sparkling wine. The Wiston Estate Winery immediately stood out as a British brand with a proud history, very much in our own mould.”
Wine expert Olly Smith, who helped choose the wine, called the bubbly ‘irresistably delicious’ adding: “I selected Wiston Estate to launch Britannia thanks to its impeccable quality and for its poise between modernity and tradition. Wiston stands for passion and pride as a technically masterful English sparkling wine producer since 2006 with heritage as a farming estate stretching back to 1743.”