Nyetimber Sparkling Wine Dinner
Sample the future of fizz at an effervescent evening of superlative bubbly from England’s largest sparkling wine producer.
Nyetimber, whose wines are regularly served at state banquets and royal dinners in Britain, is a leader among the more than 100 sparkling wine producers in England.
The winery first planted vines with the three traditional champagne grapes of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier in 1988.
Its vineyards in the three southern counties of West Sussex, Hampshire and Kent are overseen by Canadian winemaking couple (pictured) Cherie Spriggs and Brad Greatrix.
To mark Nyetimber’s first exports to Japan in November, this dinner, hosted by the winery’s brand ambassador, Steffan Griffiths, features a selection of Nyetimber wines, including its Classic Cuvee, 2013 Blanc de Blancs, Rosé and 1086 Prestige Cuvee.
Interview: Nyetimber head winemaker Cherie Spriggs
- What were your goals when you joined Nyetimber in 2007?
When Brad, my husband and fellow winemaker, and I joined Nyetimber over 12 years ago, there were a variety of challenges we faced. There were some concerns that the released wines from Nyetimber before we joined lacked consistency in quality. We worked very hard on perfecting the various details of the winemaking process that needed work, and we also introduced our multi-vintage wines into the portfolio.
- How happy are you with what you’ve achieved?
We have been thrilled with the results we have achieved in these 12 years, culminating in the sparkling winemaker of the year award at the International Wine Challenge in 2018.
- How important is it to be recognized for your work with such awards?
I was overwhelmingly flattered to receive the award. It was not only a great achievement for Nyetimber, but also gives an indication of the direction this industry is headed in and we should all be proud that England was the first country in the world to take this award from Champagne. It also represented the first time ever a woman has won the award, and I’m very proud of that, too.
- To what degree are the wines of Champagne your benchmark?
We strive to be one of the best wineries in the world, and what we are doing challenges Champagne in a way not done before. What is being achieved today here in England, by English wine producers—and particularly by Nyetimber—is significant, as it has never been done before outside of Champagne.
- What is the potential of Nyetimber?
We believe there will be continued consumer demand for our wines, and we have a staged plan to grow our vineyard holdings and production in the coming years. We only use fruit from our estate-grown vineyards, which [means] we have the healthiest, best fruit possible. With our attention to detail and quality, Nyetimber wines are now seen as genuinely world-class, and our owner and CEO, Eric Heerema, myself, and my husband and fellow winemaker, Brad Greatrix, all share a commitment to producing exceptional sparkling wines.
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