Fall Harvest in Full Swing!

I was fortunate enough to spend a day at Exton Park last week and see the harvest in full swing. I even loaded a few crates into the press! Volumes are down this year due to the spring frosts, which also led to an unusual picking pattern, needing multiple passes through the vineyard. The quality of the fruit that is there though is very good.

I was again impressed at how focused Corinne and Fred are on making wines that reflect their unique terroir, with minimal intervention and manipulation. While there, we loaded Pinot Noir to the press that was picked that morning. The pressing is very gentle, taking 2-3 hours for several tons of fruit, and the juice is kept away from oxygen to retain the freshness of the fruit.

English wine tasting delivers MPs a message in a bottle – more support for England’s world class wines

Photo: Wine and Spirits Trade Association

Photo: Wine and Spirits Trade Association

The Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA) held a masterclass tasting with Ministers of Parliament (MPs) on February 6th to showcase the south of England’s finest blends. 

Wines included Bolney Wine EstateGusbourneExton Park, Chapel DownFurleigh EstateHambledonHattingley ValleyNyetimberRidgeviewHush HeathPlumpton Estate and Rathfinny.

WTSA educated politicians on the successes of English wine and also shared the importance of the wider UK wine industry to Britain’s economy and jobs. The last decade has seen explosive growth, with 133 wineries and 180 vineyards open to the public and 502 vineyards overall. By 2020 the trade industry expects 50% further growth.

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English wines plan to put some fizz into the US

Photo:  Barry Batchelor/PA

Photo: Barry Batchelor/PA

A shipment of 5,000 bottles from four different producers is heading to the U.S, and that's just the beginning of an upward trend in exports. 

The first full container of English wine - 5,000 bottles from Digby Fine English, Hush Heath Estate, Bolney Wine Estate and Camel Valley - were shipped to the U.S this week by The British Bottle Company. All are award-winning sparkling wines made in the traditional method, with 90% utilising chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier, the three grapes used to make champagne.

Investment in equipment and expertise, together with a gradual increase in global temperatures, means Britain's sparkling wines rival the world's best fizz. 

“It’s no longer a novelty. It’s now known there are great sparkling wines coming out of England,” said Liz Willette of New York importer Grand Cru Selections.

Sommeliers and consumers are now catching on, and in March the UK government announced its pledge to achieve a tenfold increase in English wine exports by 2020. We look forward to bringing even more quality selections to the New York area in 2017!  

Read more in The Guardian