If Eric Heerema’s first pivotal role was purchasing Nyetimber estate, his second was appointing Cherie Spriggs and Brad Greatrix as winemakers. This Canadian couple met as students when they were both studying Biochemistry. After discovering a professional interest in the science of wine, they gained their Masters at the Wine Research Centre in Vancouver before heading to Adelaide University to study Oenology, (the study of winemaking). They gained valuable experience and learnt different winemaking styles by doing harvests in Australia, New Zealand, Oregon, France and Canada.
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.