Named after Sir Kenelm Digby, the polymath and inventor of the first strong glass that made it possible to bottle sparkling wine, Digby was established by founders Jason Humphries and Trevor Clough after they took a life-affirming trip to the Napa Valley to escape the grind of London corporate life.
After talking to top producers around the world, they opted to buy grapes from the best vineyards rather than settle on one vineyard site, establishing contracts and relationships with quality-obsessed growers across a diverse range soil types across the southeast: chalk, greensand and clay soil sites. It's given them the flexibility ever since to make blends that represent the very best vineyards in England. Most recently, they have acquired the vineyard that was giving them their best Pinot Noir, called Hilden, in Hildenborough, Kent.
Made by the highly-talented Dermot Sugrue since the first vintage in 2009 and blended by CEO Trevor, Digby is one of England's most awarded wineries. Most recently, their Vintage Cuvee 2013 came top at the WineGB awards, which also outscored Dom Perignon and Krug at a tasting hosted by Steven Spurrier at 67 Pall Mall. Leander Rose has won Best in Class at the Champagne and Sparkling Wine Awards and multiple Golds, and Brut NV won Gold at WineGB awards in 2021, as well as scoring 97 points and Platinum award in Decanter in 2019.
Digby also boasts the UK's first high street cellar door for hosting visitors in the centre of Arundel, South Downs, and the wine is made in Madehurst, a hamlet, just a few miles away.