Your Chance to Name a New English Sparkling Wine
25th August 2016
Naked Wines is launching an English sparkling wine to be named by the British public
Naked Wines customers will get the opportunity to pre-fund a new English sparkling wine, which will be ready to drink in 2018. It’s a unique opportunity to make English winemaking history, investors will be involved in the final blend of the wine, its name and the design of the label.
Winemaking is one of the UK’s fastest growing industries. Over the past five years, sales of sparkling wines have risen by 80% in the UK (Source: UHY Hacker Young).
British husband and wife winemaking team, Charles and Ruth Simpson of Domaine Sainte Rose, in the Languedoc in France, returned to the UK in 2014 to make their first ever English sparkling wine. Their first harvest is planned for next month, with the newly named wine to be ready in 2018. The couple are also soon to launch their new state-of-the-art winery and tasting room in the renovated barns between their vineyards in Barham.
The crowdfunding campaign from Naked Wines is hoping to raise £112,000 from the sale of 1,200 6-packs of the Simpson’s sparkling wine. Proceeds from the crowdfunding will be used to pay for winery equipment and pre-fund the time-consuming and expensive method traditional winemaking process.
Unlike any wine in the UK before, Naked Wines ‘Angel’ customers will be given the chance to completely shape their new wine. By investing in advance of production, Angels will vote on the name, brand and design. They will even get the opportunity to visit the vineyard in Barham, near Canterbury to get inspiration. (We’re afraid that Winey McWineface has already been vetoed from the name selection – sorry Angels!)
Eamon Fitzgerald, MD of Naked Wines commented:
“We’re so excited that Charles and Ruth have decided to work with Naked Wines for their first English sparkling wine. They are seriously talented winemakers who will produce a top-notch English Wine for our Angels. The rise of English wines over the past years has been astounding. For our customers to be involved in naming and designing the newest addition is a fantastic opportunity.”
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