Digby becomes the official English fizz of the House of Commons

West Sussex sparkling wine producer Digby Fine English has been named as the official English fizz of the House of Commons’ retail division.

Digby Fine English House of Commons Vintage Brut 2013 went on sale today on the House of Commons website and its three gift shops, priced at £35 a bottle.

The fizz is made from a blend of 65% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir and 10% Meunier. It has a dosage of 8g/l, and 11% of the wine is fermented in oak.

The bespoke label features House of Commons’ portcullis, while the neck foil is gold and ‘Westminster’ green.

“With this thrilling development we are starting to build a new set of traditions – whether toasting the big national moments or enjoying an evening in with loved ones, all with world-class sparkling made right here at home,” said Digby’s CEO, Trevor Clough.

“Becoming the official fizz of the House of Commons is an honour and also a responsibility. We hope our MPs and visitors from around the globe fall in love with the new fizz in town,” he added.

Clough said the House of Commons specifically chose an English sparkling wine brand in a show of support to the country’s burgeoning wine industry.

Andrew Griffith, an MP for Arundel, where Digby is based, added: “I am delighted that Digby, based in the heart of English winemaking in West Sussex, is now the official fizz of the House of Commons gift shops.

“With English sparkling wine regularly beating Champagne in blind tastings, visitors to the most iconic of British buildings – Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster – can now secure a souvenir worthy of the location.”

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