John Worontschak has been making English wine since 1988.
In 2010 John decided to create the first Litmus wine, Element 20. The concept was to move away from the traditional fruity and often one-dimensional English wine styles.
The Litmus range is the culmination of John's experience and are designed to highlight the very best of cool climate English still wines promoting balance, complexity and length of flavour.
The range consists of four wines - Element 20, White Pinot, Red Pinot and Orange.
To be and be seen as being the very best still wines produced in England, producing food orientated Northern European cool climate styles.
John Worontschak is the founding director of Litmus Wines and one of the world's leading wine business consultants. Having worked in almost every wine producing country in the world from Mexico to Moldova and in between he brings a wealth of winemaking talent to the Litmus business.
England’s varied and capricious seasons mean that in reality there are no “best sites”. Litmus is produced from a number of sites in Essex, Surrey and Sussex working closely with the vineyard owners to achieve premium ripe fruit that requires little or more often no winemaking intervention. The use of older barriques and extended lees contact are a hallmark of Litmus wines.
Ancient marine fossils known as coccolith’s furnish our vineyard soil with an abundance of calcium – the backbone of truly complex and long-lasting wines, and The 20th Element of The Periodic Table. The star shaped image on our label is a stylised ‘discoaster’ coccolith. This image symbolises not only the significance of soil in the production of fine wine, but also the New English Wine – a star in ascendance.
2013 saw a return to more normal cropping levels after the miniscule 2011 and 2012 seasons. A spectacularly warm and sunny start to the year gave us a wonderful base to deal with the trying conditions that were to follow.
2015 was the third good harvest in succession for England. A disappointing August caused concern until a prolonged Indian summer arrived to perfectly ripen the crop.
In 2016, budburst was followed by a late frost and an extensive rainy period between mid-May and the end of June. Fortunately, unusually hot and dry conditions prevailed from Mid-August through to October to yield a small yet perfectly ripened and healthy crop.