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Above: At The Ritz with my fellow Nyetimber ambassadors

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You may remember the post I wrote last month about the wonderful evening we had The Ritz to celebrate the launch of 1086, Nyetimber’s Prestige Cuvee sparkling wine, the first prestige cuvee from an English winemaker.

Called 1086, and now available as a  vintage 2009 sparkling white, and a 2010 sparkling rosé , it has been created by Nyetimber Head Winemaker Cherie Spriggs and her Winemaker husband Brad Greatrix, as the ultimate expression of the Nyetimber Estate, which celebrates its thirtieth anniversary this year.

As part of my work with Nyetimber on the launch, I was invited down to the Nyetimber Estate in Sussex to see the vineyards and make a short film about why I was so excited and interested to be involved with 1086 and Nyetimber.

You can watch the film here:

We were lucky with the weather – September in England seems to always split itself between days under bright blue skies and torrential rain. Happily we had the former.

Central to the Nyetimber Estate is this beautiful 15th century tithe barn, where dinners and events are held. (You can find out more about Nyetimber Open Days here.) We all gathered here for lunch and a tasting, after an extensive tour of the vineyards and winery during the annual vendange, or grape harvest.

The Nyetimber Estate contains some of the oldest Chardonnay vines in England, whilst enjoying stunning views across the rolling hills of the South Downs. Nyetimber use only their own estate-grown grapes from their own vineyards to ensure that only the finest fruit is used to craft Nyetimber wines.

The Nyetimber Estate’s earliest beginnings saw it named in the Domesday Book in 1086 as the valley of Nitimbreha, and the first vines – of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes – were planted almost exactly 900 years later in 1988.

Above: grapes left on the floor of the lorry that brings the fruit from the vineyards to the winery.

I’ve visited many wineries around the world, but Nyetimber’s is particularly impressive, and it’s position right in the middle of the vineyards places it at its rightful place at the heart of the winemaking operation.

With many thanks to Nyetimber for a wonderful day in Sussex.

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