Chapel Down reports second highest harvest by volume

02 November, 2017

Chapel Down has reported its 2017 harvest is its second highest harvest by volume.

The Kent-based wine producer said it has now completed its 2017 harvest, which has yielded “excellent quality fruit” for its wines, as well as offering substantial volume.

While many producers in the UK and across Europe saw a difficult start to the growing season when a number of vineyard sites were hit by frost in late April, Chapel Down said it mitigates some of the risk of frosts by sourcing from 23 vineyards across the south east, from Dorset in the west through Hampshire and Sussex to Kent in the east and Essex in the north.

Frazer Thompson, ceo of Chapel Down Group, said: “Following a challenging start to the season, we enjoyed an excellent flowering season in June and a decent English summer in our vineyards. With an early harvest in good weather we were able to record our second highest ever harvest – some 10% ahead of last year.

“More importantly, with good vineyard management, we saw very good quality throughout the varieties, and some truly exceptional parcels of Chardonnay that will enable us to continue to surprise and delight customers with the highest quality wines. With demand continuing to exceed our ability to supply, and the quality of wines continuing to improve, this harvest is further positive news for the Group.”




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