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Digby Fine English announces the opening of their exquisite new Tasting Room in Arundel, West Sussex

England’s first negociant, Digby Fine English, has officially opened its doors to the Digby Fine English Tasting Room in the heart of Arundel, West Sussex. Located steps away from the historic and beautiful Arundel Castle and a few minutes from where the wine is made, the new brand home is set to host, educate and entertain customers from around the world. English Wine Country is on the doorstep to London and Arundel is the perfect setting-off point for a day out or a long weekend. As Digby Fine English continues to be an innovator in the English wine category, this new addition will allow more visitors and Digby enthusiasts to experience the renowned British brand.

The Tasting Room offers an elegant and superlative space in the mode of Digby’s living room overseen by the brand’s namesake Sir Kenelm Digby. It features Digby’s well-travelled tasting counter and a more exclusive Members’ Room for up to 10-12 guests. Every detail of the new space has been artfully curated and customised by Co-Founders, Trevor Clough and Jason Humphries, together with interior designer Emma Wood.

Trevor Clough, Co-Founder & CEO, says: “Arundel is the gateway to the South Downs National Park and the capital of English Wine Country, and hence, the perfect seat for the home of our band of fizzing upstarts. We wanted this to be a space that matches the elegance and energy of our house style, as well as the exuberance and abandon of our brand. Our goal is nothing less than to help put the English sparkling category on the world map. If you love wine and adventure, please pay us a visit!”

Digby Fine English is truly leading the charge in transforming English fizz into an internationally desirable category. Digby achieves racy yet sophisticated house style through the refined art of blending, using grapes grown by its meticulously groomed partner vineyards in the chalky soil of Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and Dorset. The brand has won an extensive array of trophies and accolades for its range, with its flagship wine 2010

Vintage Brut winning Gold at the UK Wine Awards along with the ‘Most Outstanding Classic Style’ trophy, Leander Pink NV Brut just won Gold / 95 Points at the International Wine Challenge and Non Vintage Brut won Platinum / 97 Points in Decanter World Wine Awards.

Guests can expect to enjoy an array of Digby Fine English experiences, overseen by Tasting Room & Customer Experience Manager, Alex Ransom. The experiences include:

Digby Tasting Flight – £15.00

The Digby Tasting Flight includes three 50ml pours of Digby sparkling wines for guests to see for themselves Digby’s house style and the power of blending. The three wines on show will change regularly and be accompanied by a selection of curated nibbles that complement the different expressions of England’s terroir. The cost of the flight is redeemable against a purchase of 3 or more bottles or Kenelm Club membership.

Mini Tasting Flight – £5.00

The Mini Tasting Flight includes 25ml tastings of two Digby styles, for visitors who are in a browsing mode. This

flight tasting is redeemable against a purchase of 1 or more bottles or Kenelm Club membership.

Private & Corporate Events

The Tasting Room can cater for corporate away days as well as private client events. This can be from exclusive bookings of group tasting experiences through to exclusive use of the venue for catered events. Catering options can include delicious cheese boards, canapés and bowl food to decadent afternoon tea. Those looking for a more formal tasting or occasion can hire the room for an intimate seated tasting for up to 30 guests or

the whole venue for up to 50 guests. The Members’ Room can host between 10-12 guests seated around a stylish oval Digby tasting table.

Kenelm Club

To coincide with the opening of the Tasting Room, Digby Fine English has also launched the Kenelm Club. The Founders’ long-term vision of launching a wine club was inspired by the global best practices for wine tourism followed in Napa. Kenelm Club membership includes three automatic wine shipments per year, lining up with the traditional seasons when the British enjoy fine fizz over Spring, Summer and Christmas.

There are two levels of membership:

Kenelm Club                                                                        Kenelm Club – Founders Circle

3 bottles x 3 shipments                                                     6 bottles x 3 shipments

Average cost per shipment of £90                                   Access to rare styles and library bottles

Plus extra magnum in Christmas shipment                   Average cost per shipment of £200

Plus two extra magnums in Christmas shipment

Benefits of Membership

          Complimentary tasting flight for Club Member plus three guests up to three times per year

          Priority access to all new releases, winery only wines and large format bottles

          Access to our Members’ Room at the Tasting Room in Arundel

          20% savings on wine and merchandise purchased at our Arundel Tasting Room or online

          Preferential rates to join private tasting events

          Preferential rates to hire our Members’ Room or Tasting Room for private events

          Invitations to participate in members-only and other Digby events (additional cost) at the Tasting

Room or other locations

     Personal assistance with custom orders such as corporate or personal gifts, and special events such as weddings, promotion parties and anniversaries

The Digby Fine English Tasting room is open from Wednesday to Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday from 11-

4pm or until 8.30pm by appointment. The Tasting Room is also available for private and ticketed events

from 6pm-10.30pm upon request.

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