The leading English sparkling wine producer announced it's going ahead with its plans to plant 205,000 vines this year, despite the challenges generated by the coronavirus pandemic
The expansion project involves planting 195,000 vines over 42ha of land in a new vineyard site in Kent, near the village of Thurnham. The site will be planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
In addition to the new plot, Nyetimber will be replacing 10,000 vines over 2.5ha of its main estate’s vineyard in West Sussex.
The expansion will enable the producer to increase its output by an annual average of 220,000 bottles, once the vines become commercially productive in 2023-2024.
Nyetimber said that the project – its second largest vine planting programme ever – ‘reflects the long-term forecast growth in demand’ for its wines in both the local and the international markets.
‘This expansion of our vineyards reflects our confidence in the sustained long-term growth of the brand,’ commented Eric Heerema, Nyetimber owner and CEO. ‘We can’t wait for these new vines to reach their full potential...’
Including the new vineyard, Nytimber currently owns 10 sites across West Sussex, Hampshire and Kent, for a total of 327ha of land under vine.