Despite the frosts suffered by the country last week, winemaker Chapel Down’s outlook remains positive.
The frost, described as widespread but patchy, spread across England at the end of last month, but Chapel Down is set to mitigate the risk by sourcing fruit from across a wide geographic area.
'The impact of last week’s frosts was mixed with some of our vineyards impacted and some not at all,' explained Chapel Down CEO, Frazer Thompson. 'It is far from catastrophic and the truth is that as ever we won’t be in a position to gauge the potential crop until after flowering in June.'
Continuing to invest in English wines, Chapel Down has even expanded its tourism business with the opening of a new 'state-of-the-art' tasting room at the winery in Kent last week. There are also plans to increase its total acreage, planting 129 acres over the course of the next year.
'We have not seen April frosts as widespread as those of last week for in excess of 20 years. It is a rare occurrence and the outlook for our dynamic English Wines industry remains bright,' concluded Thompson.
We can all sleep well again at night knowing English wine is fine.