England winemaker Nyetimber predicts he is on course for a record harvest despite this summer’s extreme weather
English winemaker Nyetimber predicts he is on course for a record harvest despite the extreme weather conditions this summer.
The hot and dry conditions created a ‘difficult’ period at the start of the season, although it became cooler and wetter later on.
The Sussex-based company said its Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes should “be of high quality” this year.
Record harvest: A yield of more than 1,600 tons should produce more than a million bottles of sparkling wine
Nyetimber begins harvesting Thursday from a record 803 acres across its West Sussex, Hampshire and Kent vineyards.
A yield of over 1,600 tonnes should produce over a million bottles of sparkling wine.
Nyetimber says it accounts for more than 10% of the total English sparkling wine market and plans to make two million bottles a year by 2026.
His wine is sold in places such as the Ritz and Savoy hotels in London and exported all over the world.
Head Winemaker Cherie Spriggs said, “We have the experience to make the most of the climate in which we grow our grapes. The quality is fantastic.’