Despite the extreme summer weather, Nyetimber is expecting a record harvest

A WINMAKER expects a huge harvest with a record amount of fruit being picked despite extreme summer weather.

Nyetimber’s harvest will encompass a record acreage of vines, 325 hectares (803 acres) to be exact, when it begins today, September 29th.

Despite the extreme weather conditions in summer with intense heat and lack of rainfall, the winemaker expects a high-quality year with a record harvest of over 1,600 tons, which will produce well over a million bottles of sparkling wine.

Cherie Spriggs, Chief Winemaker at Nyetimber, said: “Because Nyetimber has been in existence for 35 years, we have the experience to make the most of the climate in which we grow our grapes.

Nyetimber South Downs. Credit: NYETIMBERNyetimber harvest 2019. Photo credit: Nyetimber

“Having wineries owned by the winery is really to our advantage in extreme years like these, as it allows us to refocus our work in the vineyard to balance any challenges.

“We are expecting a record amount of grapes to be harvested from the largest acreage ever harvested by Nyetimber and most importantly the quality of the fruit is looking fantastic which is very exciting.”

Given the growing demand for its wines, Nyetimber aims to produce up to two million bottles a year by 2026.

It has 11 vineyards spread over 350 hectares in West Sussex, Hampshire and Kent and this will be the 31st harvest at the estate. The Nyetimber estate is in West Chiltington, near Pulborough.

Nyetimber South Downs. Credit: NYETIMBERNyetimber harvest 2022. Photo credit: Nyetimber

Last year, the company posted record sales of 57 percent year-on-year and exported 15 percent of its production — up from 10 percent in 2020.

It also increased its global presence with new distribution in Germany and China, building on the brand’s popularity in Scandinavia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Nyetimber is served in some of England’s finest hotels, restaurants and clubs including The Ritz, The Savoy, Chewton Glen and Annabel’s.

30 years ago, Nyetimber was the first English sparkling wine producer to only grow the three grape varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

Nytimber owner Eric Heerema works with chief winemaker Cherie Spriggs and winemaker Brad Greatrix to produce “wine of exceptional elegance and quality.” Despite the extreme summer weather, Nyetimber is expecting a record harvest

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