Nyetimber is one of the most highly acclaimed and well-loved brands of English wine, synonymous with prestige, quality and elegance. The estate’s story dates as far back as the 11th century with the Grade II listed manor house at its heart. Nestled in the beautiful Sussex countryside, Nyetimber estate was mentioned in the Domesday Book with its original name “Nitimbreha” thought to translate as “newly timbered house”. As is the case with every historical property, Nyetimber has changed ownership countless times over the years. Notable proprietors include Thomas Cromwell and subsequently, (when Cromwell fell out of favour with King Henry VIII) Anne of Cleves.
Bride Valley vineyard is owned and run by the acclaimed wine writer, Steven Spurrier and his wife Arabella. Located in Dorset, this 10 hectare estate sees vines planted on the best sites in the bowl of the amphitheatre-like estate. The south-facing slopes create the ideal environment for the three traditional sparkling wine varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
As the summer draws to a close, (and what a summer we’ve had this year!) our attention turns towards harvest, the gathering and reaping of rewards from a year’s worth of toil. The grapes have spent the summer days ripening gloriously. 2018’s extended period of unprecedented heat and sunshine across the UK afforded the vines with a luxurious slow ripening period, allowing the grapes to develop gradually, (which is preferential for achieving the highest quality).
Every wine tells a story. Wiston Estate is a family-run enterprise situated on the picturesque South Downs in Sussex. The chalky soil and gentle south-facing slopes of the vineyard create an ideal environment for growing vines. The hills of the South Downs provide protection against prevailing winds and allow for maximum sun exposure which promotes the slow, steady ripening of the fruit.
Here at English Wine Kiosk we’re keen to start sharing our knowledge and spreading the word about how great English wine truly is. To fully understand our favourite tipple, it’s important to look beyond the bottle and grasp the inner workings of the grapes themselves. That’s why we’ll be writing articles focusing on particular grape varieties, so you can learn all their individual quirks and characters, flavours and aromas. We’re getting the ball rolling with the god of wine, Bacchus!