OUR STORY

A GLIMPSE OF NYETIMBER

I don’t think in years but in generations.

Eric Heerema, Owner & Chief Executive

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE THE FINEST ENGLISH SPARKLING WINE?

Nyetimber’s vineyards are ideal for sparkling wine, sharing many characteristics with some of the best sparkling wine vineyards in the world. The perfect greensand and chalk soils allow our vines, in each of our nine separate sites, to flourish across the South of England. The climate here allows for the slow ripening of our grapes, allowing us to achieve the optimum levels of ripeness and acidity, as well as the complexity and finesse for which Nyetimber is renowned.

Using only estate-grown grapes from our own vineyards allows us to ensure that only the finest fruit is used to craft Nyetimber wines. Our Head Winemaker, Cherie Spriggs, and Winemaker husband Brad Greatrix are central to every decision made, assessing each handpicked vineyard individually. This means choosing the optimal time to harvest the grapes, and supervising their gentle pressing and eventual vinification. This level of intimacy allows us to make the most informed blending decisions the following spring.

We craft all of our wines at Nyetimber according to the traditional method, ageing them for extended periods of time to build complexity and flavour. This exceptional level of craftsmanship sees the coming together of science and artistry, all in the pursuit of perfection.

WE ARE HERE

The Nyetimber estate counts three major milestones in its history. Its earliest beginnings saw it named in the Domesday Book in 1086 almost 1000 years ago, when the peaceful valley of Nitimbreha made its first appearance in recorded history. It was coined as Nitimbreha likely referring to a newly timbered house or perhaps a small timber plantation. Then there was the planting of the first vines, almost exactly 900 years later in 1988, when the holy trinity of sparkling wine grapes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier found a new home in the lee of the South Downs.

 

In 2006, Eric Heerema became the owner and custodian of Nyetimber, believing that the estate, with its ideal soil and location, had yet to achieve its full potential. To that end, Eric recruited Head Winemaker Cherie Spriggs and Winemaker Brad Greatrix, who shared his vision of crafting the finest English sparkling wines. Over the past 30 years, Nyetimber wines have achieved global acclaim, winning international awards and blind tasting competitions, as well as being recognised by some of the world’s most celebrated wine experts.

AT NYETIMBER WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT QUALITY

The story of Nyetimber is one of decades of craftsmanship, passion, and a pioneering spirit. Our uncompromising attention to detail and singular desire to produce wines worthy of the most joyous of celebrations, drives us to create the very finest expressions of the Estate.

CHERIE SPRIGGS: IN HER OWN WORDS

LIE OF THE LAND

The perfect greensand and chalk soils allow our vines, in each of our nine separate sites, to flourish across the three counties of Sussex, Hampshire and Kent. The gently south-facing slopes that our vines call home allow for the best possible exposure to the English sunshine, ensuring our grapes achieve the optimum level of ripeness before harvest.

To create a great wine is part art, part science. It calls for imagination, attention to detail and expert craftmanship.

Cherie Spriggs

WHERE ART MEETS SCIENCE

Head Winemaker Cherie Spriggs assesses every handpicked parcel of grapes for quality, ripeness and character. The fruit is then gently pressed and vinified separately, granting Cherie the ability to distinguish the subtle yet distinctive differences between each vineyard parcel. Every year, this provides a varied palette from which Cherie will craft the masterpieces of the Nyetimber range.

All of our wines are created using the traditional method, with extended ageing on lees and generous post-disgorgement time before release. With our own pressing centre and winery, we guide each step of the journey from vine to bottle.

To make the best wine you need the best people, from vineyard to winery.

Cherie Spriggs

HUMAN ENDEAVOUR

Married couple Cherie Spriggs and Brad Greatrix first joined Nyetimber as winemakers in 2007, after trying a bottle gifted to them by Cherie’s parents. They recognised the promise of this early wine, and for the past 11 years, Cherie and Brad have been integral to building Nyetimber into a sparkling wine producer that is rivalling the best in the world.

 

 

I realised that something special was happening at Nyetimber, so I decided to make contact.

Brad Greatrix

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