Insiders hint at bumper year for Sussex wine

The Argus: Grapes ripen in the July sun at Sedlescombe Vineyard this year Grapes ripen in the July sun at Sedlescombe Vineyard this year

Wine producers are keeping their fingers crossed for a healthy harvest to help continue their growing international reputation.

The long, hot summer enjoyed across Sussex this year created good growing conditions and the prospect of a bountiful crop of quality grapes.

As the harvest begins, industry insiders say that many vines are looking healthy and the crop size looks set to provide good volume.

The news will see Sussex producers, such as Court Garden vineyard in Ditchling and Sedlescombe Vineyard, near Robertsbridge, raise a toast as they look to build on a growing reputation.

But English Wine Producers, the marketing arm of the UK wine industry, is not predicting a record-breaking grape harvest because of a “hangover” from poor conditions last year, particularly the wet summer.

Earlier this year, Howard Corney, joint owner of Court Garden, said he predicted more and more wine producers would start to invest in the county because of the climate.

He said: “Sussex has a maritime climate and being closer to the sea means that the temperatures are moderated, meaning vineyards flourish.

“If big names were to buy in Sussex it would be a tremendous advert and endorsement of the sparkling wine industry.

“It would most definitely raise the profile which would be beneficial all round.”

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11:54am Mon 7 Oct 13

mr bronsons wig says...

Arthur Daley used to Dabble in British Wine. 'St Biddolphs'....like most British wine , it tasted corcked,,,,,,,"of corse it is corked or it would come out the bottle", said Arthur


like most British wine, all it was fit for was topping up the car battery in winter, I doubt this will be any different.

Kendal!
Arthur Daley used to Dabble in British Wine. 'St Biddolphs'....like most British wine , it tasted corcked,,,,,,,"of corse it is corked or it would come out the bottle", said Arthur like most British wine, all it was fit for was topping up the car battery in winter, I doubt this will be any different. Kendal! mr bronsons wig

12:02pm Mon 7 Oct 13

Roger Francais says...

Don't knock this stuff Bucko!

It stopped my washer bottle freezing - and that's a fact!
Don't knock this stuff Bucko! It stopped my washer bottle freezing - and that's a fact! Roger Francais

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