There was a spare place on a Majestic staff trip to the Nyetimber vineyard on Tuesday, so I jumped on the southern line to Pulborough from a bright sunny London to join in.
Unfortunately the weather was the complete opposite down in West Sussex, but Nyetimber were more prepared handing out wellies to everyone. Here’s the group with wellies and brollies…
A quick tour around vineyard 4 we learnt a few technical bits and bobs about looking after the vines and what the best conditions are for the grapes to grow. Nyetimber have 8 vineyards in total; 6 in West Sussex and 2 in Hampshire.
The vines looking south. You could see the South Down if it wasn’t so dark.
The vineyard manager explaining leaf canopy management, how to scare birds away and frost busters.
It was definitely wellie weather.
Team Ealing outside Nyetimber manor which used to be owned by Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves.
Once back inside in the warmth we tasted through 7 different English sparkling wines made by Nyetimber.
After the tasting we were tested on our Nyetimber knowledge from the day with a little quiz. Here are a few things we learnt: all Nyetimber is made in the same method as Champagne and uses the same grape varieties too. The Queen chose Nyetimber as her sparkling wine at the Jubilee. They even borrow a neighbouring farmer’s sheep to mow the grass on the vineyards during winter!
As Nyetimber is not open to the public, it was a real treat to even be there and to taste through their wines. A big thank you to Joanne for hosting us and taking us out for a pub dinner at the local White Horse.