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I was recently introduced to the world of Nyetimber sparkling wine at a tasting evening at their beautiful London HQ on Sackville Street. A strikingly modern wine brand owned by Dutchman Eric Heerema, this sparkling wine is served in some of the most stylish hotels, bars and restaurants in the UK, and I wanted to share their story with you.
The Nyetimber estate counts three major landmarks in its history. Its earliest beginnings saw it first recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086. Then there was the planting of the first vines, almost exactly 900 years later. Most recently, there was the decision in 2006 that Nyetimber wines deserved an audience on the world stage.
Nyetimber is in the fortunate position to own one hundred percent of their vineyards and all of their wines are produced from the 152 hectares they have planted at the best sites in West Sussex and Hampshire. Nyetimber’s vineyards were the first to be devoted exclusively to the holy trinity of Champagne grapes: chardonnay, pinot meunier and pinot noir. Their winemaking team headed up by Cherie Spriggs are amongst the most proficient in the world.
Southern England is the perfect spot for the production of sparkling wine. The chalk seam that supplies Champagne grapes with the perfect green sand and chalky soil to flourish is the very same that runs under the lee of the South Downs. This is where, sheltered from the coastal winds, their vines are planted across eight separate sites.
Unlike most other Houses, Nyetimber uses only their own grapes from their own vineyards. Prior to harvest, the grapes are tasted to ensure the best flavour development before picking.
The ultimate alternative to Champagne (we’re talking £30+), I’m converted, and I suggest you try it for yourself. Go British, choose Nyetimber.
I’ve spotted it at Majestic and Waitrose, or next time you’re at Chiltern Firehouse, know they have it on the menu…
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