From Small Acres Great Sparkling Wines Can Grow

How a husband and wife turned their one-acre-old paddock into a small vineyard and started producing delicious English Sparkling Wine, this is an interesting story! Every year that goes by, the English Sparkling Wine industry develops and reaches new heights, but it isn’t just the big vineyards that are helping to further the knowledge and…

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Volcanic Vineyards

One of the most fascinating and rewarding places to plant vines is in Volcanic ash. Vines planted in mineral-rich soils produce an outstanding quality of grapes, which translates to remarkable Sparkling Wines, volcanic soil is considered very mineral-rich, with the grapes absorbing volcanic characteristics that produce some of the world’s most flavourful Sparkling Wines. Volcanic…

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What Does ‘Grower Champagne’ Mean?

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Grower Champagne can only be called a Grower Champagne if all the grapes used in producing your Champagne were grown on vines in your own vineyards/estate, rather then purchasing grapes from other third party vineyards. Grower Champagne is referred to in French as Récoltant-Manipulant Not all Champagne Houses have enough hectares of vines to meet…

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Danger in the Vineyards!

On 23rd August a wine grower was crushed to death by his straddle tractor when it overturned in Ludes. This wasn’t the first fatality this year in what’s considered a very hazardous job. If you’ve visited the Champagne vineyards you’ll have seen these distinctive tractors everywhere. In just a few weeks they’ll be transporting the…

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6 Vineyards to Visit in South Africa

6 Vineyards to Visit in South Africa

South African wine has a history dating back to 1659 and is home to the sparkling wine known as Cap Classique. ‘Methode Cap Classique’ or MCC denotes a South African sparkling wine made by the traditional Champagne method. Pierre Jourdan Nestled between the Franschhoek Mountains and deeply rooted in history, Haute Cabrière – The Home…

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3 Vineyards to Visit in New Zealand

3 Vineyards to Visit in New Zealand

With their young but fast-growing sparkling wine industry, why not make a trip to a New Zealand vineyard and taste their fantastic bubbly while taking in the country’s stunning landscape. Mostly located around the Marlborough region, here’s a few places to get you started… No.1 Family Estate Marlborough, New Zealand This family-run winery has it’s roots in France and follows…

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