The Drinking Hour podcast: Winemaking at Nyetimber

Nyetimber's head winemaker, Cherie Spriggs, joins David Kermode for episode 147 of The Drinking Hour to talk about life at English wine's most famous brand. She discusses working with husband Brad Greatrix, why they were attracted to England, what defines English wine, Nyetimber's prestige 1086 cuvée and the reasons why the estate won't release a still wine

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Nyetimber is arguably English wine‘s most recognisable name and its traditional method sparkling wine has helped the wine industry in England to become the success it is today. Founded in 1988, Nyetimber released its first cuvée in 1992 and won the IWSC‘s English Sparkling Wine Trophy in 1997. Today, it produces a small selection of cuvées, all of which are sparkling.

For episode 147 of The Drinking Hour, host David Kermode is joined by Nyetimber’s head winemaker Cherie Spriggs. They discuss what drew Spriggs and her husband, Brad Greatrix, the second winemaker at the estate, to England, what it’s like to work as a couple and how they collaborate with the company’s visionary owner, Eric Heerema. Spriggs talks about the qualities that make English wine distinctive, Nyetimber’s prestige 1086 range, pricing the wines fairly in the face of scepticism and explains why Nyetimber won’t make a still wine.

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