Nyetimber forced to scrap entire harvest

10 October, 2012

England’s largest wine estate has been forced to scrap its entire 2012 harvest after deciding poor weather had rendered the grapes below scratch.

It is the first time in its 40-year history that Nyetimber has left its grapes to wither on the vine.

Nyetimber winemaker Cherie Spriggs said: “The decision to not make wine from 2012 is a difficult one, not just for me but for our whole team. However, we all know that maintaining quality is paramount.

“My first obligation as the winemaker is to ensure the quality of Nyetimber’s wines, and we have collectively come to the decision that the grapes from 2012 cannot deliver the standards we have achieved in the past and will again in the future.”

At its peak in 2009, Nyetimber produced 400,000 bottles.

But this year saw the wettest June since records began, and further cold and wet months have compounded the problem, so the West Sussex producer has been forced to tell its 60 staff that 2012 will be a write-off.  

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