Sussex wine-makers recruit sheep to clean up vineyard

The Argus: Sheep among vines at Nyetimber Sheep among vines at Nyetimber

Sussex wine-makers will be keeping their vineyards tidy with the help of a flock of sheep this winter.

This week they will release 250 sheep to graze across Nyetimber’s West Sussex vineyards.

The environmentally friendly ground management scheme is being rolled out following a successful trial last year.

Pulborough farmer Chris Hodgkins will guide his sheep onto the company’s 100-hectare site where they will be able feed themselves at the same time as tidying up.

Cherie Spriggs, head winemaker at Nyetimber, said: “This is one of those great win-win situations for the sheep, for us and for the environment.

“Chris the farmer can rest his pasture, and we get a lovely flock of new employees to help us keep the grass low.”

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8:41pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Thatsjustyummy says...

How has it taken Nyetimber (who I have a great deal of respect for what they have done) so long to realise this?

Been done for so long in the major wine growing regions in Europe it's just a given. They eat the crap from the ground, obviously the **** comes out of the other end and adds nutrients to the soil. Though in Tuscany it's normally goats as opposed to sheep.

It's called 'farming'. I for one applaud what they have 'discovered' and they will find the benefits are to their favour and purpose.

A tidy vineyard makes a good wine.
How has it taken Nyetimber (who I have a great deal of respect for what they have done) so long to realise this? Been done for so long in the major wine growing regions in Europe it's just a given. They eat the crap from the ground, obviously the **** comes out of the other end and adds nutrients to the soil. Though in Tuscany it's normally goats as opposed to sheep. It's called 'farming'. I for one applaud what they have 'discovered' and they will find the benefits are to their favour and purpose. A tidy vineyard makes a good wine. Thatsjustyummy

12:18pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Cash Bull says...

Nyetimber makes some of the finest Wine in the World.

After deciding to trash the crop this year and take a £10 million hit rather than produce a sub standard vintage, let us all hope for improved conditions next year.
Nyetimber makes some of the finest Wine in the World. After deciding to trash the crop this year and take a £10 million hit rather than produce a sub standard vintage, let us all hope for improved conditions next year. Cash Bull

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